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Fantasy engulfs La Orotava as thousands set to celebrate 2020 Carnival 

La Orotava is about to celebrate its annual Carnival based on the theme of “Villa of Fantasy” and will be welcoming back the competition to select the Carnival Queen and her attendants.

The programme begins on Friday, February 21st with the children’s parade, leaving from the Plaza del Quinto Centenario towards the Plaza Franchy Alfaro and then through the streets of Cantos Canarios, Calvario, San Agustín, Tomás Zerolo, the Puente de Carrera Escultor Estévez and back through Calvario to Plaza Franchy Alfaro. More than 2,500 children from nursery schools and schools in the municipality will be taking part.
This same day, starting at 9pm, the grand Gala of Election of the Queen and maids of honour of the Carnival 2020 will take place. The show, which will be presented by the journalist Fran Peraza and directed by the Amarca company, will feature performances by Sandra del Castillo and all the groups of the carnival: the Murgas Virgueritos, Pizzicatos, Apresuradas, Trinkosos and Minivirgues; the Fanfarria Orotava Peña el Casco; Los Villeros and Rondalla Volcanes del Teide.
On Saturday, February 22nd, the Carnival of Solidarity is celebrated with the XIII Solidarity Pizzicatos, the IV Solidarity Exhibition and the V Carnaval Race, with the benefits of the event going to the Pinchón Trail Founadtion and Actay´s . The appointment will be in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and calle Carrera Escultor Estévez between noon and 10pm.
On Sunday, February 23rd, the streets of the historic centre will be filled with rhythm and colour with the celebration of Carnival in the Street. Throughout the day. you can enjoy a unique exhibition of old photographs about the carnival in the Plaza de la Constitución. From 11am, also in this square and the Puente de Escultor Estévez, the children’s carnival will be developed with multiple activities such as a costume contest, performances, disco, workshops, children’s show, games, bouncy castles, gastronomic workshops, face painting and an educational workshop on the importance of the carnival and others. There will be performances by the children’s troupe Los Villeros and the Minivirgues carnival group. In the afternoon, from 4.30pm, from the Plaza del V Centenario, the parade of the carnival groups will depart in the direction of the Town Hall Square, crossing the streets Cantos Canarias, Calvario, San Agustín, Plaza de La Constitución , Tomás Zerolo and Calle Carrera Escultor Estévez. Once the parade is finished, various perfor-mances will begin on the two main stages located in both places. The closing of the day will be in the Town Hall Square itself with the joint performance of the 101 Brass band and Arístides Moreno.
The Farmer’s Market is also joining the celebration of the Carnival. Thus, on Monday, February 24th, from 7pm, the ‘Carnaval Gastronomy’ will be held in the Plaza de la Constitución. In the same place and at the same time will begin the contest of masks for the whole family. Then, at 8pm, the Parody Festival will take place and this carnival Monday will end with the “Masquerade and Mas-querade Dance”, starting at 9pm.
As tradition marks, on Carnival Tuesday, there will be a parade of antique cars and performance by the Orotava Fanfarria Peña el Casco. And in the afternoon, starting at 5pm, the Grand Cosote Apotheosico of the Carnival will depart from the Cruz del Teide with the participation of various groups of the island of Tenerife. The route is Cruz del Teide, calle Salazar, San Francisco, Carrera Escultor Estévez y Calvario, until culminating in the Plaza la Paz. And once it ends, around 7.30pm, a gala dance will take place in the Plaza de la Constitución enlivened by the Sabrosa orchestra
On Wednesday, February 26th, there will be the burial and burning of Crispín Duel. The evening begins at 7.30pm, and this year, as a novelty, the funeral procession will depart from the Town Hall Square to the Plaza del V Centenario where the burning will take place, plus a concert by Salvapantallas.
On Friday, February 28th, the carnival moves to the Villa Arriba. At 7.15pm, the parade of the carnival groups will depart from the Plaza de Candelaria del Lomo to the Plaza de San Juan Bautista and at 10pm, the Carnival Festival will be held.
On Saturday, February 29th, the Piñata Dance will be held in the Plaza de San Juan Bautista, with the per-formances of Miguel Lorenzo and the Dinacord orchestras and the Banda Loca.
And to end this Carnival in La Orotava, on Sunday, March 1st, at the Liceo de Taoro Cultural Society, the Carnival Festival of Rondallas will be held.