In addition, the 2009 Carnaval is special because it will be decided if the fiesta is worthy to be declared as Heritage of Mankind. UNESCO representatives are present in Tenerife to consider the classification which has only been given to three other carnavals worldwide.
The preparations for this year have been going on since last year's carnaval, and events and activities have been taking place all this month. However, this week is the official start to all the "real" fun.
Last night they elected the Reina del Carnaval from twenty excited "contestants." The program started at 9:30pm, and because we have the boys, we were only able to watch it from home on Television. Of course, we didn't find out who won until today since the winner wasn't announced until 1:00 a.m., and we needed to go to bed well before that. I certainly could not be a judge for this competition as I thought all the elaborate "dresses" were fantastic! It is amazing how beautiful, extravagant and detailed they all were and I am looking forward to seeing them in person at one of the parades.
Here is, Ana María Tavarez Mata, the 2009 Santa Cruz Reina del Carnaval in her costume entitled ‘Embrujada’ (Bewitched):
Here are the 4 Dama's de Honor (runners-up):
For a little added fun, here are the winners of the senior competition (62 years old) with the theme "Noche de estreno en el Palau" (Opening Night in Palau) and the junior competition (10 years old) with the theme “¡Dime mami!... ¿esto es un sueño?” (Tell me mommy, is this a dream?):
And finally, for comparison, here are a couple of the winners from previous years: