Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
The two-week event takes place before Ash Wednesday. With over one hundred music groups performing - murgas, rondallas, comparsas - many people claim that Tenerefies is second to only Rios. Coso (the main parade), is showcased on the Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday while Saturday is devoted to dancing on two stages put up in major plazas. In between the week, there is a lot of fun with parades, concerts, dances, and fireworks being the norm. The people are usually dressed in crazy costumes. In the run up to the main event, the Carnival Queen Competition is arguably the highlight for this event, thus it is televised. The event does not end after the two weeks. Here, people take partying very seriously. Therefore, after the stylish 24-hour "end" party, people go on enjoying themselves for over a month.