The Virgin of Fuengirola

On my way to the procession Monday (click here and here), I spotted a couple of spectators decked out for the occasion. She would have fit right in, but his get-up was a bit unusual. He wore a suit. That in itself was not so very unusual; there were a number of men in suits in the procession. But none of those suits were tiger-patterned silk. The guy’s hair was expensively streaked to match (or maybe he wore the suit to coordinate with his expensively streaked hair). A very special look for the Día De Nuestra Señora Del Rosario.

A SLINKY SILK JACKET AND TROUSERS TO MATCH.
(I DON’T THINK HE’S FROM AROUND HERE.)

When I left home Monday morning, I wasn’t exactly sure of the procession’s course. All I knew was that it left from the church, Nuestra Señora del Rosario, on the Plaza de la Constitución. So I headed in that direction, knowing that streets would be blocked off to cars wherever the procession would go. I arrived at the perfect time, just as the procession began to turn the corner from the plaza. Having arrived at the last minute, I was lucky to find a spot. And it turned out to be a great spot. As the parade passed, the participants would step into a splash of bright sunlight. It made it look like many of my subjects were spot-lit (as you might have noticed in the first post). Note: If a photo is followed by (CLICK), well then click

THE STREET ALONGSIDE THE CHURCH JUST AS THE PROCESSION BEGAN.  (CLICK)
CUTE KIDS.  (EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE ABOUT TO SPREAD “THE WORD.”)
GETTING MORE CARDS TO DISTRIBUTE. (CLICK)   
LA VIRGEN DEL ROSARIO AFTER ROUNDING THE CORNER FROM THE CHURCH.  (CLICK)
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A FUN GROUP.  (CLICK)
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DETAIL OF ONE CORNER OF THE PASO (FLOAT).
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BEHIND THE CHURCH AND PLAZA DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN.  (CLICK)

AFTER THE PROCESSION, THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH ON THE PLAZA.
BANNERS OVER PLAZA DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN.  (CLICK)

And, of course there was music and dancing…

P.S.: I’m no better today, but no worse, than yesterday… Still some antibiotics to go… I don’t care. This evening, we’re heading to the fair!

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

16 thoughts on “The Virgin of Fuengirola”

  1. Great pictures! I noticed that the men carrying the paso were on the outside, with the rails on their shoulders, rather than underneath with the weight on their backs. Seems like this approach would be easier on the men, with fewer abrasions. In addition, you get to see the men dressed up in their suits.

    Sorry you're not feeling much better. Wish the Emergency doctor would have found the virus; then you'd be a lot better by now. Hope you have fun at the fair.

    1. Jo:
      I don't know for certain the history of the different paso carrying style here. My guess is that because these pasos are somuch smaller than the ones in Sevilla, they don't require as many carriers or support underneath. Also, having the guys on the sides of the large pasos in Sevilla would mean they wouldn't fit down the width of some of the streets! The fair was a pleasure!

  2. I'm sorry that you are still not in top form. I agree with you though: go and enjoy yourself at the fair, it will take your mind off things. Will you wear a mantilla?
    Bye for now
    Kirk

  3. Hi Mitch:
    I was just curious as to when the procession for San Geraldo will take place….lol

    saludos,
    raulito

  4. Great 'report' Mitch! I am amazed by the detail of some of the dresses……this is really a big deal/occasion culturally. Looks like a lot of fun for all….even all those 'sardined' guys carrying that very heavy float!!
    I a couple of days Mitch you will be back to yourself and will have forgotten all about this nasty virus.

    1. Jim:
      Many of the dresses are custom-made and, at times, never even worn the following year (have to follow those fashion trends).

      As for the virus, as some people say, "From your mouth to god's ears!"

  5. Those pasos look a lot easier to maneuver when the men are at the side instead of underneath…. not that either way looks very easy to me. Love the parades and festivities… and the dancing!

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