Fallas 2009: The Flower Offering to the Virgin
Getting around the city is a tricky affair on the 17th and 18th of March. On these two days, over 100,000 falleros, falleras and musicians from all around the Valencian community storm towards the Plaza de la Virgen. The parades last around 7 hours on each day.
If you’re late for something, and need to get from one side of the city to another, these parades can be a real nuisance. Yeah, yeah, you’re all very guapa, but please GET OUT OF MY WAY. In order to ensure that the parades don’t extend even further into the night, the police are pretty strict about not allowing pedestrians to cross the street, except during all-too infrequent pauses at specific locations.
However, if you’re not in a hurry (and during Fallas, being in a hurry is just a formula for frustration), the parades can provide a great break. The music is lively and the falleras proud. And braving the crowd packing into the Plaza de la Virgen, in order to get a glimpse of the men creating the Mare de Deu’s dress of flowers, is something you simply have to do during Fallas.
March 23, 2009 at 3:38 pm