A year in the life of a Marbelli (Week 37)

I’m very excited this week because it is the start of the San Pedro Feria. Throughout the year there are fairs in every town on the coast and San Pedro is the last one of the year, which of course makes it extra special! Town fairs here are an annual event, so although the bulls are rarely seen nowadays, the towns still celebrate in true Spanish style and we all know how the Spanish love a party!

Residents can take up to a year planning their costumes and building beautifully adorned carrozas (carriages) that ride around the streets, usually filled with families dressed in traditional Flamenco attire.

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Living so close to the town, it tends to be my favourite of all the fairs but unfortunately the weather also seems to have a habit of following tradition and this feria is infamous for getting people wet! This year being no exception!

The opening ceremony usually begins with a procession of huge King and Queen carnival figures parading around the town, with oversized Disney characters with huge heads following behind – a bit weird really! Thinking about it, no wonder my kids had nightmares during feria week!! After two hours walking around the streets, they arrive at the feria site where a giant firework display is set off to mark the official start of the festivities and this of course is when the true celebrations begin!

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This year the fair ground has moved further towards the beach, making the most of the new promenade that was completed last Christmas. And as luck would have it, the main entrance happens to be right by my favourite restaurant Boulevard 171. Now I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing but I’m sure by the end of the week I’ll find out!

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Everyday there are different activities within the town as well as at the feria site, so at 12 noon flares are fired to announce the start of the day’s events. As well as the usual fairground rides that can be found at all the ferias, there are also marquees that have been erected to provide music, dancing and entertainment – under cover of course!

Well, I’m going to put on my wellies and head off down to where all the fun is. I would highly recommend going along, it’s great fun and the kids will love it too.

Anyway, bye for now and see you next week when I will be giving you the low down on the week’s events and spending a few days with my girls in London. xx

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