Fifteen girls made the final, and the auditorium was packed to the rafters. The standard was high, with all the girls showing an amazing amount of confidence as they dazzled on stage.
The contestants started the gala in traditional dress and sang along to traditional songs, before dressing in their own outfits for the main body of the contest.
These outfits were full of colour and originality, and it was easy to see how much hard work these girls and their designers had put in.
A variety of local dance troops and musical acts kept the crowd entertained while the judges had the thankless task of marking the contestants.
They took longer than originally planned, such was the standard of the final. Eventually they elected six bridesmaids. The entire runner-up and first lady was Eileen Martin, with Irune Rodríguez the second lady-in-waiting.
The third bridesmaid was Yunaisi Fuentes who came ahead of Alexia Hernandez, Carmina Perez (whose Wizard of Oz outfit drew the biggest applause) and Anabel Gutiérrez.
The event was such a success that there are already plans to expand it next year. But there was one fly in the ointment. Several parents or the participants had to purchase tickets for the competition, even though they were told they didn’t have to.
In tough economic times, it does seem that something like that should be reviewed.
A couple of days later, Rosenda Campos was crowned Senior Carnival Queen and she celebrated like she had won Miss World! She received her sceptre and crown in a fine outfit designed by Samuel Curbelo.
María Gutiérrez was voted her First Lady of Honour and María Elvira Fernandez her Second Lady. This event was little more light-hearted than the other pageants, but the ladies and the crowd certainly enjoyed themselves!
It’s the Blue Riband event on Wednesday as the Carnival Queen competition sees the good and the great out in force.
The contest has been sold out for months, but you can watch the Gala unfold on TV Canarias.