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IN PICS: Carnival Queens compete for Santa Cruz crown

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IN PICS: Carnival Queens compete for Santa Cruz crown
All photos: Desiree Martin / AFP
12:40 CET+01:00
Some costumes weigh more than 80 kg, stand more than five metres high and are wheeled onto stage in the battle to be crowned 2019 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival Queen.

The spectacular costumes comprising feathers, jewels, and thousands of sequins, take months to make. 

Carnival celebrations take place across Spain ahead of the start of Lent but the biggest party of all is held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the Canary Islands. 

READ MORE: Where to enjoy Carnival in Spain

It lasts for over a month and involves street parades and is said to be second only to the famous carnival of Rio de Janiero in Brazil.

The streets are filled with music and dancing to Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms.

The big event is the competition to choose the Carnival Queen in which 19 contestants compete for the coveted crown. 

Here is a selection of the some of the best in competition.

 

 
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