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Experience a different carnival in La Gomera

Experience a different carnival in La Gomera

Carnivals are to the Canary Islands what “Fallas” – Valencian Fiestas are to Valencia; fiestas that have the same essence as the own idiosyncrasies of the village. The islands dress-up at the end of February with fun and lots of tradition, music, traditional Canarian choirs “murgas” and floats. However, there are carnivals and carnivals and they are experienced in a very special way on La Gomera.
On Monday the 3rd of March, San Sebastián will experience a day of fun and tradition, then what is known as the “carnival of talcum powder” will take place.  White will cover the streets of La Gomera’s capital and both the curious and participants of this historic Gomerian event will get a “powdering”.
Tradition goes back in time to another era where carnivals where experienced in “black and white”, where villagers invented and imagined colours and places, where talcum powder or flour covered all the inhabitants of San Sebastián. Decades later tradition continues stronger than ever and there are more visitors who choose this particular way to celebrate the festival to get to know the Gomerian carnival as their own island.

In addition to the “carnival of talcum powder”, San Sebastián will also crown the festival’s queen and choose the best of each group’s coloured floats passing through its historic streets. One will also be able to listen to the popular choirs with their amusing and ironic lyrics that review current affairs with humour. We can already sense the vibe of carnival in the capital under the theme of myths and legends, you can’t miss it.
Even though San Sebastián’s carnival is the most renowned, you can experience different carnivals in La Gomera.  Among the more popular carnivals is the one held in Valle Gran Rey.  Magical and colourful floats parade along the streets with hundreds of inhabitants who decide to dress up with enormous originality in order to make this municipality one of the most competitive participants. Furthermore, this year the theme is the world of terror…a unique opportunity to dress up and submerge oneself in a world of mystery and fun.
Playa de Santiago will celebrate its “Carnival of the Empires” from the 1st – 9th of March. This coastal touristic centre is another place with an important festive tradition, where hundreds of inhabitants prepare themselves to experience a carnival linked to the sea, where music and fun have become a main tourist attraction for this locality. This beloved colourful and fun event attracts more and more visitors each year.
However, there is more, much more. As each of the island’s municipalities dresses up for these festivities: Hermigua, Agulo and Vallehermoso also prepare their carnivals and their inhabitants fill the streets with colour, music and happiness thus providing a unique opportunity to visit La Gomera during these festivities and dress up in magic on an island open to all visitors.
Not to be missed:
San Sebastián.
Sunday 2nd March at 17:30. Election of the Queen.
Saturday 1st March at  18:00. Grand Carnival Float.
Monday 3rd March ‘Talcum Powder Day’.
Playa de Santiago.
Thursday 6th March at 18:30 Grand Empire Float.
Saturday 8th March at 18:00 Burial of the Sardine.
Valle Gran Rey.
Thursday 6th March at 20:00 Gala “Pibe vístete de piba” “Kids dress like a kid”
Friday 7th  March at 17:00. Grand Float – Procession of  Terror