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Arrecife Carnival in February 2012

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Every year in the second half of February the coastal city of Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote, plays host to a wealth of vibrant and interesting events that kick off the touring ‘Carnaval Lanzarote’ festival. From the 10th to the 22nd the quaint sun bleached streets and glamorous Mediterranean promenade of this small city will come alive with cultural events every day and night.

The world famous Arrecife Carnival is a real feast of the senses. Street bands strum out rousing samba rhythms and dancers parade down boulevards in flamboyant costumes or ostentatious drag outfits whilst a mild spring breeze carries the scent of the nearby Atlantic Ocean that houses Arrecife’s magnificent coral reef. This year, expect to see many children and adults dressed as marauding, Nordic invaders to reflect this year’s Viking theme. This is the most eagerly awaited event in the Lanzarote calendar so locals, accordingly, go to great effort designing spectacular floats and convincing disguises.

Children’s entertainment makes up a large part of the event and with bouncy castles, fun workshops, a costume competition and a special Children’s party that culminates in the election of the Junior Carnival Queen, there is always something exciting going on.

For those that wish to dance until dawn the most late night events are the annual Drag Queen election on the 19th of February, where music continues right into the night, and the main procession of festival on the 20nd: The Grand Carnival Float Parade. It is this hedonistic parade along the Via Medular that inhabitants and experienced visitors look forward to the most and the drinking, dancing and partying go on until 8am.

Flights to Lanzarote land at ACE (Aeropuerto De Lanzarote), which is well served with frequent flights to the UK and Northern Europe. ACE is only 5 miles from the centre of Arrecife and Taxis or Buses provide a good value service when travelling around the island.

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