Salobreña Romería is Here

Saturday, September 28, 2019
By Martin Myall

SAL Virgen Romeria oxcartIt’s that time of year again for the Salobreña fiestas in honour of the Virgen del Rosario, who must have been a popular lass! They will run from the 3rd to the 7th, that is, however, if the town survives that long under sustained mayhem.

This year, as a novelty, the Town Hall has decided to set up a Feria del Día, so that local businesses will have a spot of competition funded from their own taxes. Those mounting stands and impromptu bars will be political parties and Semana Santa orders.

Yes, there’s nothing like scraping by all year, diligently paying all your local taxes, in the hope of getting a bit of extra trade, only to have it snatched from you, and paying for the priviledge.

The 3rd sees homage paid to the elderly comprising of live music for the determined to remain alive. There will also be nosh and the event will be held at 17.30h in the old town-hall square at the top of town. Nothing like a bit of administrative sadism – putting a fiesta at the top of town for the Zimmerframe Brigade, but, hey! Politicians, right?
Friday will also see a Big Head (cabezudos) parade, which is a quaint European custom to entertain children by scaring the hell out of them. and then at 23.00h there will be live music (a euphemism) in the Parque de la Fuente at the hands of La Orquesta Travesura and Dj Murxas. Splendid!

Saturday will see lots of children activities in the morning, including a bouncy castle workshops and sporting competition, like who can trip over the most Cabezudos. Oh, there is also a claypigeon shooting championship, although how this is for children was not explained.

And then, at 13.00 in the Parque de la Fuente the Fería del Día will start raking in money that would otherwise have ended up in local bars and restaurants. Is nothing sacred? There will also be some kind of live entertainment – no, not taunting distraught bar owners – but something involving María Isabel, Maki, Fernando Caro and nrique Kañasur. Three blokes and one woman… hmmmm….

Then it’s Sunday! Yes the day of the Romería when the beach will be alive with highly decorated floats and people on horses, starting at 11.00h in the Plaza Juan Carlos I where the procession will set off for the beach road.

At noon there will be a mass held next to the Peñon, with… wait for it… a castillo piromusical display just before the startled virgin is whisked away to her year-round, accommodation. Are you wondering what a ‘castillo piromusical’ is? Well it’s a firework display coordinated with music. Not quite a beach-attack scene out of Apocalyps Now, sort of thing as the Town Hall couldn’t afford the helicopters and napalm.

Then comes Monday – yes, there’s more! There will be a giant paella in the old town-hall square at 14.00h and finally, at 20.30h there will be a solemn procession for Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

Sorry for the jaundiced version of the agenda but it’s either spin it that way or slash my wrists at the prospect of reproducing the fiesta agenda.

(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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