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Fallas 2010: Miniature Street Mascletàs

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Right after the last official mascletà of Fallas, a lot of commissions shoot off their own street mascletàs. While we sat down to lunch, the rhythmic, explosive sounds in the background accompanied our meal, like strange & special dinner music!

The great people from Freaky Pyromaniacs went around town and filmed a couple miniature mascletàs:

Do you want to attend a street mascletà? Well, make sure to read these tips first!

Here are some more street Mascletà aftermath pictures:

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March 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm Comments (0)

Fallas 2010: Ultima Mascletà March 19th

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

The last of Fallas’s mascletàs is always something special — it’s only too bad that the weather didn’t play along nicely for the crowd, or for Pirotecnia Caballer.

Before I get to praising the mascletà, lemme just complain about one thing: Spanish people and their umbrellas! They simply don’t care about whose views they’re obstructing, or whose faces they’re poking. This lady in front of us nearly put my dad’s eyes out 50 times. When we asked her to be a little more careful, she responded with a dismissive shrug, and continued to wave her umbrella around haphazardly. And did she put it down when the fireworks began? Ha!! She raised the fucking thing higher! Ours was hardly a unique situation. The same thing was happening all over the plaza, confirming my theory: elderly Spanish people could really care less about anyone else.

But the mascletà? It was AWESOME! The shock waves were so tremendous that you could see the umbrellas vibrating. We loved it from beginning to end, and it was almost enough to erase our annoyance at the Umbrella People. Almost.

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March 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm Comment (1)

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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Fallas 2010: La Cremà

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

 

On Friday night, after a day full of bad weather and a month full of noise, Fallas 2010 finally came to its fiery end at la Cremà. The destruction of Almirante Cadarso’s Fat Cat towering monument structure with its huge paper machè ladies smoking cigarettes and tightly packed residential neighborhood made for a dramatic display.

There’s no more incredible end to a city festival than the Cremà. The burning embers, raging fire, thick black smoke and gigantic structures crashing to the ground in flames make for a terrifying and unique experience.

I’ve often tried to explain La Cremà to friends who’ve never seen it, but it’s impossible. There aren’t words which can accurately convey the insanity of it all. You tell people it’s crazy, and can see what they’re thinking: "Yeah, I’m sure it’s very crazy. But crazy within reason". No! You aren’t understanding! It’s really completely crazy! Such a thing shouldn’t be legal! The burning of these gigantic 3 story monuments in a densely packed neighborhood, with thousands of onlookers mere meters away, is a crazy thing and a terrible idea.

Over 700 constructions around the city are burnt within a few hours of each other, which makes you think that a tragedy is just a matter of time. But, there are experienced firefighters on hand, with a long history free of major accidents: a fact which is comforting but doesn’t completely erase the terror of La Cremà — the perfect end to Las Fallas, surely one of the world’s most unique and crazy events.

This is the final event of Fallas, but we’re going to be posting things in reverse order… so, stay tuned for photos and videos of the Cabalgata del Fuego, the final mascletàs, Nit de Foc, the monuments and more. We took literally thousands of pictures, so it’s taken awhile to get through them.

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The city burns, but look who’s still dancing!

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Fallas 2010: Mascletà March 18th

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

Today’s mascletà, by Ricardo Caballer, was my parents first and it was a great one! The weather wasn’t beautiful, but the fireworks made up for it… the finale set the ground to rumbling, and must have registered on the Richter scale! They were impressed, but did my folks love their first mascletà? I think so, but I wouldn’t put a lot of money on that.

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