The Heart of Joy in Icod de Los Vinos, Tenerife

The carnival in Icod de Los Vinos is not among the grandest in Tenerife, but the vibrating joy is as colorful as it can be. The locals love to party and many volunteers make great efforts to carry on the large Latin American influence. 

The winter has been colder than normal here on the northwest coast of Tenerife. February started bad with cold northern winds, rain and temperatures down to 9ºC. Some of the carnival arrangements had to be canceled due to bad weather and all seemed rather sad. But not for long, the weather changed and suddenly an explosion of music, costumes and dance appeared in the streets. The sun shone on a snow-covered Mount Teide and our little community down at the foot of it turned to party mood. My husband took a lot of photos and it’s a pleasure for me to share them with you.

© Photos by Eldar Einarson

 

Our little community at the foot of Mount Teide

Our little community at the foot of Mount Teide

 

The carnival is finally here

The carnival is finally here

 

A perfect occasion to show our hidden sides :)

A perfect occasion to show our hidden sides 🙂

 

Kids practicing their performing skills

Kids practicing their performing skills

 

Viva Mexico!

Viva Mexico!

 

Every carnival has a queen

Every carnival has a queen

 

A large stage is mounted on Plaza de Americas

A large stage is mounted on Plaza de Americas

 

One of several local performing groups

One of several local performing groups

 

The long training period is finally over

The long training period is finally over

 

We are the future

We are the future!

 

I have convinced my husband to take a picture of him

I have convinced my husband to take a picture of him

 

No carnival here without Tequilas, Mojitos and Cuba Libres

No carnival here without Tequilas, Mojitos and Cuba Libres

 

The seniors are as vital as the kids

The seniors are as energetic as the kids

 

We are the residents of Icod de Los Vinos and we love it!

 

Here is a series of carnival photos taken by my husband as a homage to the joy of life and the people of Icod de Los Vinos:

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