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Chrissi

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« on: February 15, 2009 »
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  • Has anyone seen a full program of events with times etc for the Carnival dates 5th March to the 9th March. Have checked what's on locally sites but cant see any mention of it. I know the times are unreliable usually but at least it would be a good guide so as to plan social activities over that weekend. Any info would be helpful.

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    Re: Carnvial in Los Gigantes
    « Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009 »
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  • I have asked Carnival Committee the question.  The program will be included on "What's on locally" as soon as I am given the info.

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009 »
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  • If I want to book a holiday this year or next year (or at any time in the future) to experience the Santa Cruz or Puerto De La Cruz Carnivals then I can plan my holidays many years ahead.

    http://www.todotenerife.es/index.php?sectionID=45&lang=2&s=6&ID=4276

    This information is published because it is vitally important for tourism, jobs and the local economy. 

    But in Santiago Del Teide  they don't even have a clue about this year's programme, even though the event is almost upon us.  Why can't the Santiago Del Teide Council get a grip and  publish  dates as other Council's do.  They quite literally don't know what day it is.

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    « Reply #3 on: February 21, 2009 »
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  • The programme of events for Los Gigantes is organised by the carnival committee not the council.  I have asked the question, but I'm still waiting for a reply.

    Normally the programme is as follows:-

    Thurs - 9pm (ish)opening of carnival and the election of the carnival queen

    Fri - Childrens Fiesta in the afternoon.  Then a live band to dance the night away.

    Sat - 11pm Grand Carnival dance.  prizes for best costumes

    Sun - 5pm (ish) grand parade from fisherlady roundabout to Plaza Los Gigantes

    Mon - 9pm (ish) Burial of the sardine, fireworks and dance

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #4 on: February 22, 2009 »
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  • Thank you  for the information Dolly.

    I did know that the events are organised by a committee of volunteers and they do an excellent job.

    I know that the local Council is not involved in the organisation and it appears to take no part in its promotion. That is the point I am making. It should involve itself. It is a wasted opportunity to promote tourism in Santiago Del Teide. The Santiago Del Teide Council  have not even bothered to inform the Tenerife  Tourist Board of what is happening and there is no Carnival ink from the Tourist Board website to to its website (presumably because there is no promotional information to be found there).

    As I said above, tourism is vitally important for the local economy and jobs . If I ran a business in Los Gigantes in these difficult times I would not be happy about the Council's  couldn't care less attitude.

    GEORGE BUSH

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    « Reply #5 on: February 22, 2009 »
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  • Rumours that I am hearing is that the Carnival is being cut to 3 days this year, due to money problems and the Carnival Committee asking the Council for help !

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    Re: Carnvial in Los Gigantes
    « Reply #6 on: February 22, 2009 »
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  • Is there a theme to this years carnival ?

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    « Reply #7 on: February 22, 2009 »
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  • I believe the theme is 60's & 70's

    Chrissi

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    « Reply #8 on: February 23, 2009 »
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  • I agree with everything that Falstaff has said. This is a golden opportunity and it is missed because the details are not published till it is too late. They should be available many months before the event as it is these events that bring in the tourists. The Council should become much more involved for the good of the community that they serve. I am also confused as I have said on another string that I always thought obviously wrongly that we followed suit with Santa Cruz on the theme and this year their theme is Horror. I am also hearing rumours that the carnival is being cut to three days??? Who knows another sign of the times maybe. What a crying shame. However, as it is only two weeks away surely someone(Maybe you Mr Councilor Stevie)could advise what the true situation is for all concerned residents.

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    Re: Carnvial in Los Gigantes
    « Reply #9 on: February 23, 2009 »
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  • I agree carnival is a good tourist attraction but dont forget it is an event for the local community first of all!!!

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    Re: Carnvial in Los Gigantes
    « Reply #10 on: February 24, 2009 »
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  • I believe the theme is 60's & 70's

    So that rules out anyone in their 30's, 40's or 50's  !!

    I'm ok though as i'm a wippersnapper in my 20's  ;)
    I wanted to be the Cincinnati Kid - but couldn't spell it

    amunette

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    « Reply #11 on: February 25, 2009 »
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    I agree carnival is a good tourist attraction but dont forget it is an event for the local community first of all!!!

    Local Brit community maybe!!  Considering Carnival was banned from 1937 until 1976, under Franco's regime, the 60's/70's theme seems a bit inappropriate, in my opinion. I don't think many Canarian people who lived through the 60/70's in Tenerife would find them a cause of celebration.
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    Re: Carnvial in Los Gigantes
    « Reply #12 on: February 25, 2009 »
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  • The programme of carnaval events, and much more, is now on the "What's on locally" page.

    The losgigantes.com team will be following carnaval with camera and video equipment.  All (well maybe not all!!!) will be posted on the web site.

    Have fun.  It's a great opportunity to forget about the credit crunch, let your hair down and have a really good time.

    Enjoy.

    big jo

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    « Reply #13 on: February 25, 2009 »
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  • The carnival committee who chose the theme for this year's carnival are Canarian!!!!!

    amunette

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    « Reply #14 on: February 25, 2009 »
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    The carnival committee who chose the theme for this year's carnival are Canarian!!!!!

    But what age?!! I'll bet none old enough to remember the Franco years.  For them it would only be bad memories. Oh, yes I see now, that is where it ties in with the Santa Cruz "HORROR" theme, the horror of those years. Very clever and subtle, well done commitee   ;D

    big jo

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    « Reply #15 on: February 25, 2009 »
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  • If choices were made all the time depending on whether it was a I am an idiot stage in history then find me a decade or an era where something bad didn't happen! Carnival is for people of all ages, nationalities, sexual preference, colour and creed to have a good time so why do we have to go political?   

    amunette

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    « Reply #16 on: February 25, 2009 »
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    If choices were made all the time depending on whether it was a I am an idiot stage in history then find me a decade or an era where something bad didn't happen! Carnival is for people of all ages, nationalities, sexual preference, colour and creed to have a good time so why do we have to go political?

     
    Agree in principal. But what countries style is this 60's/70's theme going to copy? The UK's or Spain's? That is all I am saying. Yes, for countries not under a dictator the 60's and 70's were a wonderful decedent time, full of fun and hippies etc, but as this Carnival is in Spain which was not like that, it seems a tad odd to have such a theme.

    big jo

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    « Reply #17 on: February 25, 2009 »
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  • I think you will find that the 60's and 70's were a decadent time for most countries, not just the UK, that were not governed by a dictatorship and I am really missing your point now.Last year's carnival was Seville, another year was the sea, were you so vocal then about the theme. The theme is not chosen to copy any countries specific style it is chosen for people to dress up and have a good time so please get off your soapbox and as you don't live here I cannot see how it will offend you !!!!

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    Re: Carnvial in Los Gigantes
    « Reply #18 on: February 26, 2009 »
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    If choices were made all the time depending on whether it was a I am an idiot stage in history then find me a decade or an era where something bad didn't happen! Carnival is for people of all ages, nationalities, sexual preference, colour and creed to have a good time so why do we have to go political?

     
    Agree in principal. But what countries style is this 60's/70's theme going to copy? The UK's or Spain's? That is all I am saying. Yes, for countries not under a dictator the 60's and 70's were a wonderful decedent time, full of fun and hippies etc, but as this Carnival is in Spain which was not like that, it seems a tad odd to have such a theme.

    I hardly think the Los Gigs Carnival could be really described as "in Spain"  ??? ???

    amunette

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    « Reply #19 on: February 26, 2009 »
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    I think you will find that the 60's and 70's were a decadent time for most countries, not just the UK, that were not governed by a dictatorship and I am really missing your point now.Last year's carnival was Seville, another year was the sea, were you so vocal then about the theme. The theme is not chosen to copy any countries specific style it is chosen for people to dress up and have a good time so please get off your soapbox and as you don't live here I cannot see how it will offend you !!!!

    Umm, in respect of decadence, if you read my post again, I did actually say COUNTRIES, plural, not just the UK!!!! Both Seville and the sea are good themes, as relevent to all. Not on a soapbox at all, just a bit baffled why such a theme was chosen for a celebration in a country that was oppressed at the time. I may not live there at the moment, but family do on both mine and my other half's side.

    If you spent time with older Canarians who lived through the decades being celebrated, you would realise how divisive those years were to the population, and even now it is an emotive subject.

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    I hardly think the Los Gigs Carnival could be really described as "in Spain"   

    Hmmm, probably right there, as Los Gigs is mini-Britain!!  Seriously though, what a silly comment. Whether it is attached to the peninsular or not, it is part of Spain, and the local Canarian populace was affected exactly the same as the mainland.

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #20 on: February 26, 2009 »
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  • I recall the 1970's with very fond memories. But  I also have very depressing memories of strikes, unemployment, power cuts, the three day week and marrying Mrs Falstaff.   It was  the best of times and  the worst of times.  All bad periods  have good memories worth recalling and celebrating, even the Blitz.

    Spanish people under Franco also found time to enjoy themselves.

    ?Even during the time when the fiesta was banned, it has always managed to find a place in the hearts of the people of Puerto de la Cruz, they even camouflaged the carnival under the name of "winter fiestas" in order not to miss it.? - Punto Info tourist information website.

    I think your glass is half empty Amunette. Mine is half full, but as it's your round, mine's a double. ;D ;D ;D

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    Re: Carnvial in Los Gigantes
    « Reply #21 on: February 26, 2009 »
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  • The Carnaval theme this year is 70´s & 80´s and i can assure you the carnaval committee don't give a ...... about Franco.

    70´s & 80´s is what was chosen, what is the problem why are you all Complaining???

    june mcloud

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    « Reply #22 on: February 26, 2009 »
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  • yes agree with Darketamin
    I think the theme is great, its about the music and dance of the 70s,80s
    and not about Franco
    Some people should just get a life
    Happy carnaval

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    « Reply #23 on: February 26, 2009 »
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  •  i agree great music should be fun!!!! :)

    amunette

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    i can assure you the carnaval committee don't give a ...... about Franco.

    Nice attitude!! That like not giving a **** about Hitler. Oooh, that's a good idea for next year 1930/1940's, because, hey OK the World was at war, people were oppressed and being murdered for their beliefs, but who gives a ****?

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    I think the theme is great, its about the music and dance of the 70s,80s

    Yes, but surely it should be the music and dance of the culture ie Spain/Canarian in the 1960's/70's, not the rest of Europe which was free at the time? That is all I am pointing out.

    Let's be truely honest here, this obssesion with dressing up in afro wigs, flares and hippy gear is a very British thing. Regular 60/70/80's nights are held across the UK, week-in, week out. Any fancy dress do alway has it's fair share of people in this style, same with hen/stag do's. This theme is aimed at Brits and tourist, nothing to do with local culture or people.

    Carole

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    « Reply #25 on: February 26, 2009 »
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  • As I'm coming over next Friday and am bringing a little bit of 80's party style with me, I was starting to worry for a while there that I'd been given duff info!  So, the 80's it is, it's big hair, big earrings and twenty years older  ;D

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #26 on: February 26, 2009 »
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  • Amunette, its about celebrating the music of the period. Celebrating the music of the 1940's (Vera Lyne, Bud Flannigan, Glen Miller etc) does not make light of the atrocities of the second world. And have you never enjoyed watching Dad's Army or Allo Allo. 

    Who do you think you are kidding.



    xtreme

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    « Reply #27 on: February 26, 2009 »
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  • amunette if you don't like the carnaval theme STAY AT HOME its simple, stop criticising the carnaval and trying to spoil it for everybody else.

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    Re: Carnvial in Los Gigantes
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  • Amunette The Los Gigantes Carnaval has nothing to do with Franco or Hitler stop being silly and get a life

    amunette

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    I think your glass is half empty Amunette. Mine is half full, but as it's your round, mine's a double.

    I can assure you mine is half full too LOL Just after enduring many a heated arguments, on the subject of Franco, amongst elder Canarians at BBQ etc, some nearly ending in fisticuffs, I think it is a bit of an insensitive theme. All entiled to our opinion. Or are we all supposed to be sheep?!! BAAA(humbug!)

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    Who do you think you are kidding.


    Mr Hitler?

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    amunette if you don't like the carnaval theme STAY AT HOME its simple, stop criticising the carnaval and trying to spoil it for everybody else.

    What?!! The people who visit here are "everyone else" now ?!! Or are you attributing me with super-powers that invade the minds of all who plan to join the festivities?!!!


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    Amunette The Los Gigantes Carnaval has nothing to do with Franco or Hitler stop being silly and get a life

    I can assure you I have a life ;D I do not see it as silly, and nor do the many Canarians who are not bothering with this years Carnival because of the issue I have raised.