Fallas 2010: Cabalgata del Fuego

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Filmed with the Sanyo VPC – CS 1 (super tiny) available here: USA, UK, Deutschland and Spain

The Cabalgata del Fuego, which takes place along Calle Colón at 7pm on the last day of Fallas, is a relatively new addition to the calendar. But what the parade lacks in history, it makes up for in madness.

We joined the crowd lining up around the Puerto del Mar about 45 minutes early, and had a great view of the excitement.  The Cabalgata began slowly; first the court of Falleras marched through with bands, followed by the wielders of fire. The procession was a lot different than previous years, as though the organizers are still trying to figure out the best way to do present it.

Once the parade reached its conclusion, with giant spark-spitting dragons, skipping devils, fiery bikes from hell, and musicians surrounding the gate, the intensity was incredible.  And then the Puerto del Mar lit up, with strings of firecrackers running up and down it, deep red smoke engulfing it, and massive fireworks exploding on top of it. Amazing.

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