The end of the Carnival is always celebrated with a final Fiesta .... the Burning of the Sardine!
Here in Corralejo, Fuerteventura, the huge model Sardine is wheeled through the Town accompanied by hoardes of wailing, crying men and women dressed in Black. All accompanied by the inevitable drumming groups
The Sardine is taken down to one of the small beaches in the Town where it is Burned/Cremated and then we are treated to a firework display on the beach/in the Sea.
A few pictures
The Sardine at rest at the top of Town, awaiting the crowd of mourners before starting its journey to the Beach. As the Carnival theme this year was 'Caribbean' the Sardine has been dressed up accordingly ... bless
One of the many drummers .... during Carnivals/Fiestas its quite normal for men to dress as women and vice versa!
Some of the mourners
The Town Beach was jam packed with spectators ...
The last couple of 'Burnings' we've seen have been a bit slow winded and the sardine has taken forever to be cremated. This year the Fire Brigade guys really doused the sardine in some kind of inflammable liquid. Here's one of them applying the torch
the fireworks were some of the best we've seen here .... a brilliant spectacle. Lots of oooohhs and aaaaahhhs to be heard
Sunday was also St Patrick's Day, another well celebrated event here on the island where there are lots of Irish homeowners and holidaymakers. Plenty of folk dressed in Green all round Town
Yesterday was noticeably quiet everywhere ..... lots of subdued people shaking off hangovers methinks!
Anyway, we've been out and about a lot so plenty more photos to follow but I'm not able to leave comments on anybody's Blogs at the moment for some reason. Will need to get David to have a look at the settings as he has been working on a Blog/Website for somebody and I think he may be to blame :-)
So - I am reading all your posts and will get back to posting on your Blogs asap.