Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (EFE).- The Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria already has a sovereign: Lola Ortiz has been crowned the first Carnival Queen as a Festival of International Tourist Interest, with her fantasy “Perfidy of love”, a Design by Sergio Léon and Josep López.
With the warmth of the public embracing her, Lola Ortiz stepped on stage with a powerful bet in red and silver, inspired by the fight and feminine strength, which reinvents itself and rises even after problems, as it has expressed in its presentation. Thousands of sparkles gave birth to a staging in which her dress in her red was a color hit between the blacks and silvers of her design.
Lola Ortiz landed in a Santa Catalina park with full capacity to win, with an award-winning confection on her back from Sergio León Ortega (Drag La Tullida, Drag Queen 2018) and the talent of the winner of the 2022 Body Makeup Gala Josep Lopez Marti.
The new Queen of the Carnival of the capital of Gran Canaria has confessed that she is “very happy” to be able to celebrate “a moment that she has been waiting for so long” and to inaugurate a year of reign in which “she will take the party beyond the Canary Islands so that it is known in the entire world”.
Always a Carnival fan, the Queen of Studio 54 (the New York nightclub that Carnival is inspired by this year), has dedicated this crown to the soccer player Luis Ojeda, her boyfriend who died in 2021, who is “an angel” who gives her ” strength from heaven.”
The regent of the Carnival will be accompanied in a year full of events of a royal court that makes up Gara Morales as First Lady; Coral Gutiérrez, as Second Lady; María Santiago, as third Lady; and Paula Santana, as the fourth Lady of Carnival 2023.
Gara Morales, First Lady of the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has reached the podium with her fantasy “Va por ti”, a design by Kevin Rodríguez and Enrique González in silver and pastel tones that awakened the energy of a Santa Catalina park, who applauded each of his steps.
The second Lady, Coral Gutiérrez, erupted again in Lanzarote with her fantasy “Timanfaya”, a design by Kilian Betancor.
The coronation gala for Reina del Carnal has been an “opening night” with fireworks and a whole display of extras to open the doors of one of the most famous nightclubs in history.
The masters of ceremonies, the model Nieves Álvarez and the journalist Paco Luis Quintana, arrived wrapped up on the dance floor of the temple of transgression from the seventies, packed to celebrate a shared success as a Festival of International Tourist Interest on the 47th anniversary of the recovery of the festival by a group of dreamers from the neighborhood of La Isleta, who changed the course of the Canarian city.
A giant mirror ball gave way to the 11 candidates for the throne, in a vibrant night where only one of them could take the crown and the VIP pass to the dance floor of this carnival.
The comedian Manolo Vieira, who passed away on the 8th, was one of the great absences in the Santa Catalina park, with an empty chair reserved at his memorial in the Carnival temple.
The murga Los Chancletas had a word for the benchmark of everyday laughter, in a tribute to him and his characters who are still alive in his legacy.
“Laugh with respect and claim rights”, that’s what the murga and Carnival are for, the island group recalled. Applause to heaven to say goodbye to a great one, with the Santa Catalina park standing for the last goodbye of the comedian.
The gala featured Carlos Baute, who surprised the carnival-goers with an unexpected arrival from the heart of the stalls, accompanied by the best court with the Nuevo Estilo comparsa and a colorful representation of the Carnival groups. Calling for a “loud noise”, the Caracas singer left Carnival “hanging in his hands”.
The return of the Venezuelan to Carnival put his “medicine and vitamin” in a review of his successes and presented a new song with Tutto Durán, a song for two voices in a Canarian Latin tandem made for dancing.
Daniela Medina, outgoing Queen, grew up at the rhythm of a comparsa and has returned this Friday to the heart of Santa Catalina Park with the emotion of having been part of the carnival legacy, to say goodbye to her reign and hand over the crown to the new regent of the party, Lola Ortiz.
The Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will return tomorrow with music in the Santa Catalina Park and the Plaza de la Música to receive Carlos Baute again, to fill his stands again on Sunday with the endearing Canine Carnival Contest starting at 12:00 p.m. EFE