Oh for goodness sake. It is a Canarian/Spanish thing not bl**dy British, and if they want to use horses, fine Once again we have the ex-pats trying to dictate a festival which had nothing to do with UK culture!!
And yet again you have failed to grasp the point.
Of course it's a Canarian custom, actually, more to the point it is a Catholic custom. However, if you read above more carefully you will see that the point being made is that this year's Kings parade was not a patch on previous years. It wasn't just that they used horses instead of camels as previously, but the procession was also led by the mad speaker-van driver rather than a band as before.
The problem is this. There is no longer any money to do these events like they used to. Horses are cheaper than camels (by about 300 euros per animal), and presumably mr speaker-van is cheaper than a band.
The shame is that, these local parades and customs are exactly what bring people back to the area year after year. When cost cutting on events like this happens it can ruin previous visitors impression of the area and the activities that take place and, eventually, as has already happened, visitor numbers drop, drop again, and then dry up.
The local council should be looking at ways of encouraging visitors, even in tough times, perhaps even more so, and possibly at the expense of other things, if only to keep the visitors coming with their money. Sadly however, since unemployment is rising fast, their funds are being directed elsewhere. Some may argue this is a false economy - I would certainly be keen to see more investment in the promotion of the area and activities to visitors, but then I don't do the council's accounts!
One thing I will say is that like Redflash, certain aspects of local life have taken a dire turn for the worse. A couple of years back, any event which was seen as having any interest for visitors, such as the 3 Kings parade, the Discount Fairs on the PS Plaza, and other similar things were promoted in English, partly for the benefit of local residents BUT more importantly the tourist trade. Don't get me wrong, promotion in English is not something that should be expected to happen, especially for the British (and other) population - after all this is Spain, but the point is that it is very cheap to do, highly cost effective and something that was always done.
Such promotion used to be done by Councillor Steve who would co-present many of the events, or record announcements for Mr Speaker-Van. Even Dolly told us in another post some months ago that she had been assured such promotion always happened. Well, as is clear here, Mr Steve does seem to have disapeared from the face of the earth, and I would imagine a good number of people now wonder why they voted for him.
As to the prospects for the LG Carnival and PS Fiesta I suggest not holding your breath for too long. Already the PS Fiesta is down to half the length it used to be and the Santa Cruz Carnival has had its budget halved - fings aint wot the used to be, but some could try harder (or at all!)
That's life I guess