Los Indianos 2018

February 12, 2018

Today is Los Indianos, and perhaps 22,000 people will be on the streets of Santa Cruz, dressed in white, listening to Cuban music, and throwing vast amounts of talc at each other. The party goes on all day an all night. It will be hard to park, so there is a special bus timetable. Come and have a mojito! Or you can eat sopas de miel which are traditional for…

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Carnival’s coming

The Carnival bus from the local school, Breña Baja, La Palma
February 8, 2018

Like the rest of Spain, La Palma celebrates Carnival in the week before the season of Lent. I always say people are making sure they have something really juicey to repent, but these days most people just regard it as a darn good excuse for a party. It wasn’t always that way. Franco banned Carnival. It’s always been a time when people could say and do things they wouldn’t normally…

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El Llanito Sardine

There’s one sardine’s funeral left, at El Llanito in Breña Baja, this Saturday at 9pm. It’s a much smaller sardine, as you can see here, but it’s usually great fun. Sadly I will probably miss it, because I won’t be on the island. (I say “probably” because the weather forecast isn’t good and they might postpone it.)   You won’t be able to park in the village unless you go…

March 17, 2017
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Photos of the sardine’s funeral, 2017

Amazing drag queen shoes at the sardine's funeral in Los Sauces
March 15, 2017

Here at last are some photos from the sardine’s funeral at Los Sauces. You can see videos of it in the previous post and there’s an explanation of the event here. There will be another, much smaller sardine’s funeral at El Llanito on Saturday night.

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Videos from the Sardine’s Funeral, 2017

March 12, 2017

Last night the town of Los Sauces officially ended carnival with a funeral for a sardine. Most places in Spain seem to do this, but the one in Los Sauces is particularly good. As you can see, they have a huge sardine. Even better, they don’t carry her sedately on the back of a lorry. The pall bearers make her dance as though she’s in a rough sea. This year…

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Sardine’s funeral in Los Sauces tonight

March 11, 2017

This is one of my favourite events of the year, even more than Los Indianos. The sardine’s funeral starts at 9:30 pm, and the actual cremation will probably be around 11 pm. I must go and get ready. I’m going as a punk butterfly this year and I need to get some piercings in my wings.

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