Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2021 - Dates and Schedule

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Gran Canaria has announced the dates and more details regarding the carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, including the theme and the official poster for this year's edition of the event. A dreamy and magical atmosphere awaits you at the 2021 edition of the carnival in Las Palmas. 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2021Dates: 30 April - 23 May, 2021

The local council in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has announced that for the year 2021 the carnival in the capital will be celebrated between April 30 and May 23, not in February like it was normally the case.

The health security measures established by the Covid-19 pandemic have forced the authorities to rethink the holding of massive public events. Thus, the organization of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival, in anticipation of the evolution of the incidence of the virus in society, has set the celebration of the party from April 30 to May 23, 2021. Therefore, February is ruled out as the date to host the galas, competitions, horseback riding and traditional parades.

February 16, 2021, which is Carnival Tuesday, will still continue to be a holiday in the capital of Gran Canaria.

The decision, taken after the meetings held with all the sectors and agents of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival, has been made in common agreement with all of them. 

The theme for the 2021 Carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has not been announced yet.

We will update this page as soon as the theme is announced.

Schedule and main events for the carnival in Las Palmas 2021 

  • to be announced: Adult Costume Competition 
  • to be announced: Vegueta Carnival
  • to be announced: Canine Carnival and Kid's Gala 
  • to be announced: Queen Gala
  • to be announced: Daytime Carnival in Triana
  • to be announced: Children's parade 
  • to be announced: Traditional Carnival and Drag Queen Gala
  • to be announced: Carnival Tuesday. Daytime Carnival in Santa Catalina
  • to be announced: The Social Integration Gala
  • to be announced: Body Makeup Contest
  • to be announced: Big Carnival Parade in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, followed by Carnival Night
  • to be announced: 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 will say goodbye to the 2021 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. But this will all change in 2021, as the event will be celebrated in May.

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.

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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 to 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.

Useful info: Gran Canaria Weather in February

If you're on the island during the carnival season, you can also read more about Gran Canaria Carnivals 2021 - a page where we gather info about all the island's carnivals.

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