Events in May

Yecla - Roman Market and a "Flower" procession - 16, 17 and 18 May 2008

Yecla is known throughout Spain as the furniture town, as anybody coming to the town from Villena will readily understand as they drive past two or three miles of furniture factories.  Here chairs and tables, cupboards and beds are made, in all sizes and in classical, rustic and modern styles - you'll see the products in furniture showrooms all over Spain.  However, the thousands and thousands of visitors to Yecla who come on the weekend of 16, 17 and 18 May are not there to buy a new dining room table - they've come to take part in the fiestas of S.

 

Isidro, an event which has officially been designated as  "de interest turistico regional".

 

 

As with most fiestas in Spain there are a lot of processions, there is folk dancing, fireworks and music, but what draws most visitors to the town is the "Concurso de Carrozas" the competition for the best decorated float).  Dozens of floats take part, each more beautifully decorated than the previous one, but what makes it so special is that the decoration is made up of literally thousands of small crepe paper flowers.  On the Saturday afternoon groups of  floats are driven through the streets from about 6 pm onwards, with a brass band between each group, and there are prizes for the best designs.  For several hours prior to the cavalcade, the floats are parked in the street so that people can admire them and take photographs.

 

 

Last year Yecla Town Hall decided to hold a Medieval Market during the S. Isidro fiesta and it was such a success that the organising crafts association Amata was asked to do something similar this year.  Amata decided to try its new Roman-Gallic theme, with mostly Romans, some Gauls and of course Obelix and Asterix.  Part of the wide Avenida Pablo Picasso, just round the corner of the street along which pass the flower floats, will be decorated in Roman style.  Some 50 stalls with a large choice of well-made craftwork will be there, along with demonstrations of traditional crafts by specialists as well as Gallic musicians, Roman senators, a Roman lady and her slave, Asterix and Obelix and even the 'orrible bard (but he will be gagged in time, we hope) and the dancing bear (but not a real one, so no need to phone the RSPCA since even the skin is not real) that first appeared in the Roman Market in Calpe.

 

There are also workshops and games for the children

 

 

Opening times are from 6 pm on the Friday and then from 10 am to 2.30 pm and from 6 pm till fairly late on both the Saturday and the Sunday, although the market does not open on the Saturday afternoon till 7pm, after the procession of floats.  More information (in English) on 639 979 678 and you can also have a look at pretty photographs of other markets on www.amata.es.

 

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