Wednesday: Carnival Queen selection. The Wednesday before Carnival weekend, the Queen of the Carnival is elected during the so-called Gala Reina. During the gala, the candidates parade across the main stage in their rich and beautiful costumes that might weigh up to 100 kilograms.
Friday: Announcement Parade. On Friday the Announcement Parade is held, in which all participating groups march along the main thoroughfares of the city announcing the arrival of the carnival. The parade begins at the Parque La Granja (map), concluding at the Plaza de España (map).
Carnival Saturday. The Saturday of Carnival is a day dedicated entirely to dance. One of the main streets of the carnival is Bethencourt Afonso, popularly known as Calle San José (map).
Carnival Monday (Lunes de Carnaval). This is a day of feasting, with performances at the main venues in the capital. Since 2009, the Plaza de la Candelaria is home to the Santa Cruz Dance Carnival, an electronic-music event.
Tuesday: Grand finale. On Carnival Tuesday a Coso (parade) runs along the Avenida de Anaga, marking the official end of Carnival. Again march carnival groups, floats, decorated cars and the Carnival Queens.
Ash Wednesday: Burial of the sardine. On Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is celebrated “the burial of the sardine”. The streets of Santa Cruz are draped in mourning. A giant sardine made of paper is carried in a funeral procession, followed by wailing widows.
Piñata weekend. The weekend puts an end to “Don Carnal” until the next year and whose role, especially on Saturday, has grown in recent decades to the point of having internationally renowned entertainment comparable to the Monday of Carnival.