Carnival, or Carnaval here in Spain, came to town this morning when the students and staff of Adeje Casco Primary School dressed up and took to the streets with an amazing Sardine (it’s a Carnaval thing…) and held up the traffic in the centre of Adeje, but no-one really minded.
Whistles and drums accompanied the kids dressed in anything from buzzy bees to Dalmatians, devils, supermen and women of all sorts, indians of many shades, cowgirls and boys, pirates galore, monsters high and low, all were in attendance.
Carnaval here marks the start of lent, and the Burial of the Sardine is a ‘funeral’ procession that marks the end of the festivities.
Back to one of my favourite themes – the multicultural make-up of our Tinerfeño society.
Today on English Time on Radio Sur Adeje I spoke to Chloe García Poole. As she told me, her mum is from the Wirral, near Liverpool, here dad from South Tenerife, she now lives in Costa Adeje. I first heard her interviewed by my colleague Nacho Palacio in perfect Spanish last week before the election of the carnival Queen in Santa Cruz as she was one of the candidates. With her surname I guessed I might have a guest for English Time in my sights, and sure enough, once I started to chat to her the lovely Liverpool accent emerged.
Chloe is in her early twenties, and apart from five years (from the age of five to 10) spent in the UK has lived in Tenerife, attended public schools, and, as she told us, lived very much a normal Canarian life, apart from speaking English at home. And today that is the way many of our children are living their lives, growing up a full and active member of the Canarian society of which they are a part while also speaking English (or another second language) at home and absorbing a second culture in visits the country of one of both parents who are not Canarian. And how lucky those children are.
Does that mean our kids could be royalty? Of course it does. Chloe came second on the night and was delighted at the whole event, and is a delightful example of what being Canarian, and being Tinerfeño is all about in the 21st Century.
Congratulations, and of course I would also like to use this space to send best wishes for a speedy recovery to Saida Prieto, who was burned as a result of a back-stage accident during the Gala and is still in hospital in Seville.