Summer Carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canariav 2022: 1 - 3 July 2022

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The second part of the Carnival de "La Tierra" will happen in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from July 1 to 3 and the main events will be the great parade, a Latin Carnival concert, an exhibition of batucadas and comparsas, a daytime Carnival and the Burial of the Sardine.

The carnival in Gran Canaria's capital is usually a great time to visit the city, as it becomes vibrant and full of color, during the many days and nights while the carnival is celebrated.

Summer Carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival: 1 - 3 July 2022

The theme for the 2022 edition was already chosen and it's "La Tierra" (The Earth). 

The first part of the 2022 carnival in Las Palmas already took place a few months ago, while some of the events were postponed because of the pandemic, as the number of cases was still a problem.

What can you expect from the carnival in Las Palmas in 2022?

During the weekend between July 1 and July 3, the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will takeover the streets of the capital again, with lots of fun events planned.

So what is the plan for the summer Carnival in Gran Canaria 2022?

Friday - July 1

Three intense days will begin with the parade of the winners on Friday, July 1. Mounted on mobile platforms and wearing the costumes that raised them to the podium, at 7:00 p.m. the court of honor of «La Tierra» will depart from the Castillo de La Luz; the Carnival Queen, Daniela Medina Ortega, the Drag Queen 2022, Vulcano, alter ego of Isidro Javier Pérez Mateo, Inés Gómez Quevedo, Great Lady and the girl Dalia Martín Almeida, Child Queen.

The royal entourage will head towards Mesa y López and on its route, which will pass through Albareda streets, Santa Catalina park and Presidente Alvear, it will be accompanied by the rest of the finalists, as well as the Carnival characters and the ten murgas who competed in March.

Also on Friday, at 9:30 p.m., the young voice of the singer Kilian Viera and the mixes of the DJs Toni Bob and DJ Line will open the first summer night on the stage located in the Plaza de España.

Less than a kilometer away, at 10:00 p.m., in the park of the Insular Stadium, the Carnival concert “Siempre viveré” will begin, a Latin tribute to Celia Cruz and Juan Luis Guerra, two music icons whose voices will be reincarnated by Alba Pérez, in the case of the queen of salsa, and by the Venezuelan vocalist Thony Romero, in regard to the popular Dominican singer.

Saturday - July 2 

The Carnival parade in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2022

On Saturday, July 2, 854 days later, the equivalent of two years, four months and three days since its last celebration, one of the most anticipated acts of the carnival returns, the Big Carnival Parade.

At 5:00 p.m., with all its splendor, a hundred floats will leave the Castillo de La Luz towards San Telmo Park to fill the streets of Juan Rejón, Albareda, León y Castillo, Presidente Alvear, with joy and color. again León y Castillo and Bravo Murillo, where the entourage will end. This procession of the party on wheels on the big day of the Summer Carnival will be the exclusive starring act on Saturday.

Sunday 3 July 3

Daytime carnival in Las Palmas 2022

The morning of Sunday, July 3, will be for families and groups of friends, for the thousands of people who join each year to celebrate the carnival in Las Palmas.

The daytime party will kick off to the rhythm of batucadas and comparsas. At 12:00 p.m. Batucarnaval will depart from the Naval Base to go along the boulevards of Mesa y López to the Plaza de España at the rhythm of the drums.

After the exhibition, the renovated capital square will be, until 4:00 p.m., a meeting point for families with children's entertainment, the Agaete Band, Vitamina Band and the musical selection of a DJ with themes chosen for this type of audience.

The park of the Insular Stadium will once again be the stage for the mascaritas in the Daytime Carnival and will open its doors again at 1:00 p.m. 

Simultaneously, in the Santa Catalina park area, the task of making the heart of the party vibrate, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will be entrusted to the Grupo Arena, the Mekánika by Tamarindos orchestra, Star Music, Los Lola, Young Legend, Los Screensavers and the mixes of DJ Ulises Acosta.

In Guanarteme, on the stage located in the Plaza del Pilar, the musicians Jose de Rico, Jake Willians and Tatiana Delalvz and the DJs Toni Bob, Ray Castellanos and Abián Reyes will play up from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., a musical claim for the younger carnival audience.

Burial of the Sardine in Las Palmas 2022

At dusk, it will be the turn to say goodbye to the Carnival of "La Tierra" and, therefore, to bury the most earthly sardine that the capital's festival has ever had.

The funeral procession will start at 8:00 p.m. from Santa Catalina Park towards Las Canteras beach to say goodbye to the sardine, who will be accompanied throughout the entire journey by the characters of the Carnival, the Afilarmónica Los Nietos of Kika, the Guayedra Band, the widows, mourners and priests and an entertainment show, in addition to the batucadas and members of the groups that will guard the sardine until it reaches the capital's beach.

The longest sardine of the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will burn in the sea, while the sky of Las Canteras beach will light up at 9:30 p.m. with fireworks giving the final goodbye to the festivities of « The Earth” and marking the countdown to the start of the 2023 carnival that will be held under the allegory “Studio 54”.

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The events during Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival: 1 - 3 July 2022

What's the carnival usually like in Las Palmas?

In this article, we will present the carnival the way it's usually celebrated, as a multiple-day event that is celebrated on the streets with large crowds and parties. 

See the usual schedule, what sort of events are part of the carnival and what you can expect from future editions.

Main events for the carnival in Las Palmas

  • Adult Costume Competition 
  • Vegueta Carnival
  • Canine Carnival and Kid's Gala 
  • Queen Gala
  • Daytime Carnival in Triana
  • Children's parade 
  • Traditional Carnival and Drag Queen Gala
  • Carnival Tuesday. Daytime Carnival in Santa Catalina
  • The Social Integration Gala
  • Body Makeup Contest
  • Big Carnival Parade in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, followed by Carnival Night
  • The Burial of the Sardine

Regarding the daytime carnivals, the traditional carnival and the carnival in the sun are usually celebrated as follows: carnival by day in Vegueta, on Saturday, daytime carnival in Santa Catalina on Sunday; family carnival in Triana and carnival in the sun, both next Saturday; family day carnival on next Sunday; traditional carnival on Monday and daytime carnival in Santa Catalina, on Tuesday.

On the last Sunday, the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria usually says goodbye to the Carnival with the traditional burial of the sardine and the subsequent fireworks show. 

The Carnival is usually the largest winter event in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as it's normally celebrated during the tourist high season. 

More than forty acts make up an extensive program of three weeks of celebrations, some of the most important being: the Drag Queen Gala and its Pre-selection (one of the most followed events worldwide), the Queen's Gala, the murgas contests, comparsas, corporal makeup or costumes, the Canine Carnival (which in 2020 has celebrated its 11th edition, and which has enjoyed great popular acceptance and a notorious presence of tourists), its horseback riding, its children's carnival and the daytime carnival in the surroundings of Santa Catalina or the historic center of Vegueta.

Where to stay in Las Palmas during the carnival

The Santa Catalina Park, between the Cruise Ship Pier and Las Canteras Beach, is the nerve center of the main acts of the program, which take place in a large outdoor setting exclusively for the occasion, set in the allegory chosen for every edition. This scenario is in itself one of the main attractions of a party that gathers more than half a million people each year in its celebrations.

If you're on the island during the carnival season, you can also read more about Gran Canaria Carnivals - a page where we gather info about all the island's carnivals.

FAQ about Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival

When is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2022?

The summer edition of the carnival in Las Palmas will be celebrated between July 1 and July 3, 2022.

What is the theme of the carnival in Las Palmas in 2022?

In 2022, the theme for Las Palmas Carnival will be La Tierra (The Earth).

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