Parades and patron saints!

Week one of the Adeje Patronal Festival is well under way with a weekend full of colour, religion, music and dance ahead

This weekend sees the Adeje Plaza de España and Calle Grande host various different festival events, with the Gala on Friday night, from 10am, where the different representatives from the neighbourhoods take to the stage in a themed show. This will be followed by the first of the fiesta’s big street parties, with live music from the Toque Latino group.

On Saturday in the Cruz de Llano, (the small roundabout at the bottom of the Calle Grande) there will be a number of live bands performing, including the Adeje municipal band, the Guía de Isora band, and guests from San Sebastián de Tejina and the Arafo. At 6pm mass in the parish church is sung by the Riveira polyphonic choir.

At 8.30pm the main festival parade takes place along the Calle Grande, a family night out and this will be followed by another street party in the Plaza de España from 11pm.

On Sunday October 8th a choral concert is scheduled for the Calle Grande at12.30pm, and the evening is replete with religious events, with 7pm mass and a procession with the participation of the Brylcan Nº2 army band. At 10pm the Parranda Chasnera plays in the Plaza de España and from midnight the Orchestra Deliciosa take over the stage.

Monday October 9th is a local fiesta day in Adeje, with banks, local primary and secondary schools as well as all municipal offices and centres closed. There will be a morning of events for kids in the Avenida Palo Mayor, music in the Calle Grande from midday with the Cardón group, mass at 6.30pm and a festival of humour in the Plaza España from 10pm.

All events and concerts are free to the public and on most evenings the small fun fair in the parking at the back of the Adeje Cultural Centre will also be open.

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The Kings are arriving!




 Melchior, Gaspar and Baltasar will land in the Adeje Municipal Football grounds at 5pm tomorrow, January 5th, and receive the magic key to the town from the mayor

Their highnesses, the Three Kings of the Orient, or the Magi, will arrive to Adeje tomorrow by helicopter, landing at 5pm in the Municipal Football grounds.  They will be met by the Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga who will give them the special key allowing them enter the homes of all the children of the borough to deliver gifts.  The event is open to the public (entry is €1, proceeds to charity), who will also be entertained prior to the arrival of the VIP guests.


Once they have rested, their Majesties will begin the parade, leaving from the Adeje health centre up the Calle Grande, finishing at the Plaza España.  This year more than 600 kilos of jellies will be handed out along the way.

The parade has a few new additions this year in Adeje, and is divided into two parts. The first will see the steel bands lead many cartoon characters from the world of television and cinema up the street, as well as local dancers and actors, from Ballet Beanky and the Comparsa Angeles del Sur.   The Adeje volunteer fire brigade will also be taking part as well as members of the Spanish postal service charged with making sure the Kings receive the cards sent by millions of children every year.


The second part of the parade will see their Majesties take part in a story telling section, explaining their role in the celebration using historical texts to tell the tale of the Epiphany and the Magi.  There will also be a Nativity float with the Holy Family on board.


According to the Adeje councillor for creative development, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, “This parade is one of the most endearing and significant culturally which is why we are introducing new elements that will create more public interest as well as reminding people why this day is so special”.




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Nervous anticipation ahead of Kings’ arrival


A helicopter will bring the Kings to the Adeje municipal football ground at 5pm tomorrow where they will receive the key to the town from mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

The borough of Adeje has everything in place for the arrival tomorrow evening of Their Majesties, The Three Kings of the Orient, who will travel by helicoptor to the Adeje Municipal football ground, landing at 5pm. They will be accompanied by members of their court and will be met by hundreds if not thousands of Adeje children and the mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

Nervous anticipation is the mood among the borough’s children as they await the arrival of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar. During recent weeks they have been leaving their letters to the Kings in special post boxes, and when the mayor hands over the magic key, which allows the regal trio enter all the homes of Adeje, they hope that at least one of their presents might be left for them. Tickets for the event in the football grounds have been on sale in recent days in the town and can also be bought on the day, (January 5th), from 4pm at the grounds entrance.


The Adeje councillor for culture Nayra Medina Bethencourt, added that this year the parade that follows the arrival will leave from the zone adjacent to the Adeje health centre, “so that no-one will be this terrific event”, she said. “This Monday will be the most magical afternoon of the year in Adeje…our parade has become a meeting point not just for the borough’s young people, but for children from all over the South of Tenerife who look forward to the Adeje parade, to meeting all the participants, and of course enjoying some of the thousands of sweets that will be given out along the way”.

Many different local groups are also taking part in the parade, as well as a Nativity scene with Joseph, Our Lady and the baby Jesus. There will be steel drum bands, and music from the Adeje school of music, the Adeje volunteer firefighters, a special post-office brigade with those letters, Teatro KDO, Ballet Beanky, Dixie Band and the Tenerife Tigers Cheerleaders. Also taking part will be Shrek and Fiona, Spiderman, Garfield, Pocoyó and friends, clowns, Winnie the Pooh, Tiger, Silvestre and Tweetie Pie, Snow White and the seven dwarves, Cruella Deville, Sponge Bob, Patrick and Squidward, Mickie and Minnie Mouse and Peppa Pig and many more guests from the world of film and storybooks. There will also be a surprise visit from some of the characters of Frozen in the football ground before the Kings land.

Once Their Majesties arrive to the Plaza de España they will meet and chat to children who might want to whisper a wish or two into a royal ear before it’s time for bed.

Security measures
As is the norm, the Adeje council would like to remind people that during all events, for the protection of themselves and their families, the importance of following the instructions of the police and local security personnel.

During the parade:
Keep an eye on your children at all times
Follow the instructions of their organisers, the Policia Local and members of the Civil Protection body
There will be a space between the pavement and the street to avoid any risks or dangers, particularly when vehicles taking part in the parade are driving by – please do not invade that space and respect the security measures in place.


Adeje Fiestas Fun

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This weekend sees the local Adeje fiestas really take off, with a host of events scheduled from Friday to Monday, which is a local fiesta with schools and many businesses closed.

On Saturday from 9am the Cross event takes place – you can sign up on the morning with categories from junior to senior, with races from 10am.

On the same morning there is also an exhibition of classic Volkswagen cars in the car park in front of the town’s main post office.

From 6.30pm on Saturday evening there will be performances from different local bands, and later on the main parade up the Calle Grande from 8.30 with lots of local groups, dancers, cheerleaders, fun and famous figures taking part not to mention an estimated 96 kilos of sweets to be handed out. The evening ends with music and dancing in the Plaza de España with the Orchestra Sensación Gomera.

Sunday is the day dedicated to the  Virgen de La Encarnación with various religious events taking place and a procession through the main streets of the town.

From 10pm the Plaza de Espana will enjoy a tribue concert by Esther Ovejero to Cavela Vargas, with the Wamampy orchestra bringing the evening’s events to a close.

Monday October 14th is a local holiday and is Dia de Santa Ursula. From 11am there will be children’s activities bouncy castles, and attractions in the plaza.  At six o’clock there will be a decade of the rosary and a mass in honour of Santa Ursula, followed by fireworks.

That evening promises a lot of laughs with a festival of humour in the Plaza de España: