La Batalla de Los Flores

26 04 2010

May is the month of festivals – and the first is the Battle of the Flowers, which takes place on the last Sunday of April. The ´´battle” is between the women, dressed in traditional dress on large floats making their way along the city`s ‘Avenida de la Victoria’, and the rest of us! The floats are decorated with paper flowers, the typical horseshoe-shaped arches as seen in the city’s Mezquita and images of the city’s patron saint, San Raphael.  The women carry masses and masses of flowers and as they pass through the crowds, they rip the flowers of the stalks and peg them into the crowds – who promptly pluck them out of the air and peg them right back.

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