At 7:45pm, on the last Sunday of February, Las Fallas festival is officially inaugurated. We went last night and stood in the rain with thousands of cheering, singing and shouting spectators.
Above us, acrobats hung from giant balloons, and the Serranos Towers were lit up with images and smoke. La Fallera Mayor (festival queen) gave a little speech about something which we weren’t able to translate, and the crowd went even more nuts than before.
Here’s a description of La Cridà from the official Fallas From Valencia website.
La Cridà marks the official opening of the Fallas Festival.
Crowds of onlookers and all the Fallas Committees gather beneath the Serranos Towers, one of historical Valencia’s best-known monuments, usually on the last Sunday in February.
After a spectacular inaugural display of light, sound, music and fireworks, the “Fallera Mayor” of Valencia (elected festival queen), surrounded by her Court of Honour and the city authorities, invites everyone to enjoy the imminent fiesta, proclaiming its excellence and virtues.