The Sardine’s Funeral in Santa Cruz

The sardine’s funeral in Santa Cruz will be tomorrow, Friday. The procession will start at the Alemenda square (near the concrete ship) at 8:30 pm, and go along the Calle Real and then the sea front to the Cabildo, where the sardine will be cremated. After that three drag queens will perform. At 10:30 the band Los Lola will perform on the main carnival stage followed by Furia Joven and…

February 15, 2018
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Upcoming Carnival Highlights

Los Indianos parade, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Carnival 2007
February 9, 2018

Wig festival, Friday 9th starting 2:30 pm Santa Cruz Ambassador’s Parade Saturday 10th starting 6:30 pm Santa Cruz Concert by Los Vinillos y Forever Sunday 11 febrero, 9:00 om – 11:30 Santa Cruz main carnival stage (My husband plays the drums for Los Vinilos) Los Indianos Monday 12th All day Santa Cruz Carnival parade Los Llanos Tuesday 13th Sardine’s funeral Los Llanos Friday 16th Puerto Naos carnival parade Sunday 18th…

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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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Rooftop Crow’s Nests

January 22, 2018

Three hundred years ago, Santa Cruz de la Palma was the third biggest port in the Spanish Empire. Almost every ship traveling from Spain to the Americas stopped here. In the 19th century, it was still a major port, and many of the inhabitants waited anxiously for a ship bringing their merchandise, letters from family members who’d emigrated to Cuba or Venezuela, or the loved ones themselves, as passengers or…

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The Three Kings on La Palma

January 4, 2018

Gaspar visiting Santa Cruz de la Palma Although Father Christmas does visit Spanish children, he’s a new arrival. Traditionally the presents arrive on the morning of January 6th, when the three kings visit baby Jesus. This is why the sales haven’t really started yet – Christmas isn’t over here. And on the evening of the 5th, they ride in procession through most of the major towns and villages in Spain….

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Francis Drake on La Palma

Francis Drake tried to enter Santa Cruz harbour on November 3rd, 1585. This was after Drake was knighted and before the defeat of the Spanish armada. The Spanish regarded him as a pirate, with some justification. Drake left Plymouth with 23 ships and over 2,000 men, heading for the Caribbean. The prevailing winds meant that the logical route was via the Canary islands, so he headed for the biggest port…

November 29, 2017
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