in words and photos….

Feria de Abril 2016

Some photos from the annual celebration of the Pura Raza España horse in Sevilla, Spain. A week-long party that’s a feast for the eyes.

Held for a week in the period following Semana Santa, the fair dates back to 1846. Originally a livestock fair conceived by two Basque councilors to Queen Isabel II, it received its royal charter and the official fair was held on 18-April-1847. Today it’s more of a spectacle for Sevillanos, celebrating the culture of Andalusia. An amazing affair, each night everyone gathers at the fairground on the Triana side of the river in casetas, little houses organized by family or profession for an evening of conversation, tapas, drinking and flamenco dancing. During the week the streets are filled with women and men in tradition garb, and an ongoing calendar of events for riders and carriages.

We’ve been twice, once by dumb luck and again by planning. It’s extraordinary!

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