Carnaval in Los Gigantes is usally as follows! On Shrove Tuesday there is thd huge parade in Santa Cruz and then that following weekend is the end of Carnaval for Santa Cruz. The Los Gigantes carnval starts in the following week on either the Thursday or Friday and lasts until the Monday night with the Burial of the Sardine! If you are coming out dont forget your costumes for the Saturday night competitions (theme will not be known until September time) and the Monday night for the Sardine when men dress as women and women as men all weeping and wailing at their beloved loss of the Sardine!!! Usually at the beginning of Carnaval there is the election of the Queen night and it makes an enjoyable night to dine in the square and enjoy the show - that would be either the Thursday or the Friday dependant on the funds!!! Saturday is the fancy dress ball and Sunday usually at 5ish there is the grand procession and dont forget afterwards to follow it down and watch the various groups performing for several hours. The groups are usually ones which have won various categories in the Santa Cruz carnaval and therefore prestigious! If you want to know more I shall try to help being the Big Star here for more than 20 years!! Best wishes to my fan club for the new year and the forthcoming Carnaval starting 26th February and with the African theme!