Bullring and Holy Week processions in Seville
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March 28th, 2010 – by: portia
We found the Bullring not very far away, it was a big circular structure in bright yellow, red and white , and we had walked right by it the night before. We bought tickets, and took a tour of the ring, and the museum. The guided tour went to the stadium of the bullring first, where we could see the seating stands, and the various entries where the bulls, and the bullfighters enter the ring.
After the tour, we walked along the river, crossed the bridge to Triana again, while watching people preparing to go on processions. They were the bands for the processions, and were getting suited up and off to the processions. We could see people going into the old town to see the processions, it was very festival in atmosphere, definitely fun and exciting. So we went back to the hotel to catch the procession which went right in front of the hotel about 3pm.
The street in front the hotel was getting really crowded, and we got back just in time.
The procession started with someone carrying a huge cross. The people in each procession had their own uniform, in the form of a cloak and a big tall pointy hat covering their heads and faces, only holes were made for their eyes. Almost looked like the KKK, but obviously not evil! There were young people, kids in the processions too, and young girls also. They were carrying huge candles which looked like big sticks.
After the procession went past our hotel, the crowed dispersed and we went out again. This time we went past the Cathedral, stopped at the bar Las Teresas which we saw last night (with the hanging hams!) on Calle St Teresa for a little snack of tapas, then we walked further east and I was hoping to see the Plaza de Espana. Except another procession was going that way, so we went with the flow, and stopped to look at this procession on ground level. We were at the big Plaza Don Juan de Austria, so there was plenty of room to stand and the crowds were not so dense. It was interesting to see the processions at ground level, we felt like we were participating, even on the sidelines. The procession stopped often, and we saw kids, lots of them along the street watching.
It was getting late, and we decided to get fried seafood to go at the famous establishment called Freiduria La Isla. People would stand at the little tables in the restaurant to eat, but we couldn't get a free table, so we took our order back to the hotel to eat. We must say it was quite a deal, lots of variety of seafood, delicious and inexpensive.
We watched our first procession coming back to the church around 11pm, I am sure these people must be exhausted after such a long day of walking and carrying the floats.
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