The Parade – Testament of the Sardine, Desfile de “Testamento de la Sardina”, is the second highlight of the festival “El Entierro de la Sardina”, The Burial of the Sardine.
While we wait, the Sardineros groups are moving through the streets to reach the starting point of the parade. Even the samba drummers loudly attract attention.
Otherwise that we see the usual picture before the parade. Children play on the street while the parents patiently wait in their seats and street vendors try to sell their goods.
Antonio Postigo Alarcón and his son are setting up their equipment for the live broadcast on Facebook.
A group from Greenpeace comes in front of the real top of the parade. Under a great applause of the waiting people, they draw one’s attention to the condition of the oceans and demand improvements.
The Bolivian group “Bolivia and Carro de Refrescos 4 and Mr. Paco y Tomy” opens the parade this time. They were also part of the Parade – Arrival of the Sardine, the day before.
Directly behind is the dance group Tamba Taya, mediated by Florian Virgili’s agency F.V.Productions. We were allowed to accompany to their preparations, see also Behind the Scenes.
Many other excellent groups follow, which unfortunately we do not all know by name.
But also the Orkiestra Grandioso from Radom in Poland and the St. Joseph’s pipe band Glasdrumman, County Down from Ireland are present. We already experienced them within the last days.
Unlike the first parade, the artistic requirements seem to be higher, especially for the wagon superstructures and technical devices. But also the choreography of the dances seems to be more demanding.
At the end of the parade, the Sardineros distribute their gimmicks from the parade wagons. The kids seem to be in hunting fever. Everyone wants to catch some of the coveted things.
The groups of the Sardineros escort the standard-bearers to the city hall. The standard-bearers place themselves on the small balconies.
Afterward, some dignitaries give a speech from the balcony of the town hall. The most important one on this day is the speech of Doña Sardina.
She reads the testament of the sardine. Obviously, she does not only has positive things to say but also voices some criticism. The reaction of the audience is not always just consent.
This day also ends with a magnificent firework.
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Disclosure: We attended the Festival Entierro de la Sardina on invitation of Daniel Robles. Thank you! All opinions are, as always, our own.
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