Carnival week for pets

 The Dog Carnival rounds off a week which also stars the Murgas and Comparsas, and the Juniors in their Gala


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2 March 2022.- The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival has, for over a decade now, shown itself to be a very special celebration for pets and their owners too. Every year a morning is set aside on the huge Santa Catalina Park stage to hold the Dog Carnival: a unique gala, with the dogs parading alongside their owners in the very heart of the Carnival, dressed up to match the theme assigned to each year's edition. And on this occasion, the programme is dedicated to the conservation of Planet Earth. Could there be a more appropriate event for such a special edition of Carnival? The event will be on Sunday, 6 March, at 12 noon.

Before this, the big contests for the Carnival groups will take place, from Wednesday until Saturday. These are the Murga and Comparsa group contests; these groups, despite having had a year which made it difficult to rehearse and prepare their appearance on stage, won't miss their big date with the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival.

So, ten Murga groups will be competing with their songs. These are the Carnival nights when these groups come out on stage dressed up in their costumes, their ingenuity and the back-up of all their preparation, to sing with great humour about the major current local and worldwide issues. The first two rounds are held on 2 and 3 March, and the grand finale, on Saturday, 5 March.

On Friday, 4 March, it's the turn of the Comparsa contest; these groups are the very spirit of Carnival at its most musical, and they too have a long history in the city's most important festivities.

But we mustn't forget that the week can't go by without celebrating the Junior Gala: young contenders parade in wonderfully detailed costumes, to delight an audience which always gives the participants all its support.

We should remind everyone that all these events are programmed with full consideration for the safety measures in place which reflect the evolution of the state of affairs healthwise, bearing in mind that greater precaution is called for in these times. Carnival adapts to survive too!