When señoras get out their frilly frocks and men strut around in rather tight trousers on their horses.
And the village is deserted as everyone takes to the road on some vague Catholic pilgrimage.
What really happens is that, everyone starts drinking early. Spanish even get out of bed before mid-day for this big day in the year. In fact, looking at some of their gear, half of them must have been up by 5am.
Naturally, lots of people meet down the bar. Especially the ones taking part who are riding horses, or guiding the bueys, because it really doesn’t matter if they are drinking does it?
Years back when we first bought our house, the parade came past our house. This year we were abandanada so I had to walk down the high street to watch it.
Like me, you may think the Spanish are amazingly disorganised and late for everything, mañana mañana. But no. Caravans and horses all lined up waiting for Cristo to come out of the church, and then with a twirl, everything was turned round to join the procession. With amazing precision. Have you tried manouevring horses or bueys?
One minute they were facing in one direction, and the next, ready to go.
I’d asked Adelina what time it was starting – 9.30? No, nueve con cinco, or diez. I looked at the time, five to nine. I didn’t have long so I cleared off.
First the handsome bueys.
Aren’t they adorable? Best not to get in their way, last year someone was practising for the Romeria and a couple of them plus cart crashed into him. He died.
A couple of local boys. Not bueys. Maybe not so adorable.
The carts, full of food and drink. Those milk churns? Doubt they are holding milk.
Up to the church, and here we have Jesus. Waiting to go. Been loaded in his cart and he’s off on the jolly. A quick stop at the puente for some scran, a bit of a stop at another church, and then we can all clear off to the nice playground for the rest of the day. (Not us, we cleared off to Gib).
The three musketeers. On the left, holding the flag of Andalucia (my neighbour, of which more here) in the middle the local church flag, and on the right, the Spanish flag.
And a couple of vids. First one is very short, but the second one is slightly longer if you want more of the same. I wanted to share the music and drums…. well and the general noise of course.