Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife: This carnival in Spain’s Canary Islands is one of the most popular and well-known in the world. It kicks off February 22 with the choosing of the carnival Queen and ends more than a week later with the Burial of the Sardine on Ash Wednesday. Every year has been based around a theme since 1987, when the city made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest open air concert ever, with 250,000 seeing Celia Cruz perform. This year, the theme is ‘Caribbean.’
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Top 15: Spain’s must-see carnivals

All types of queens, giant ants, mermaid abductions and, of course, several sardine burials; here are some of the wildest celebrations