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Fallas 2010: Almirante Cadarso – 3rd Place

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Continuing our look at the special section monuments of Fallas 2010, we arrive at the Canovas corner of Almirante Cadarso and Conde de Altea. A fat cat in a leather chair, sipping champagne and his two smoking lady friends straight out of the roaring 20s ask us, “Crisis? What Crisis?”

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

The theme was money; corruption and riches. The “galácticos” of Real Madrid arriving on a red carpet in a limousine. A huge tiger rug under the fat cat’s chair. Cops looking the other way. An abundance of money, enjoyed by a few while the rest of us suffer under the world’s financial crisis.

It was a great monument, which we chose to see go up in flames on the night of the cremà. Funny, artistic and timely. Their bronze medal was an improvement on 2009’s fifth place finish, and richly deserved.

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Street Fireworks – Engraellat at Almirante Cardoso

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The engraellat is a unique kind of street firework, which we had the dubious honor of “experiencing” (or: “being assaulted by”) on Saturday June 13th, as part of the celebrations for Corpus Christi.

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Click on the image for a much larger version – Can anyone translate this for us?

L’Engraellat is actually the ancestor of the modern mascletà, which we all know from Fallas. The only place it’s currently practiced is at Almirante Cardoso / Conde Altea (location). Its setup, before it starts exploding and making your head shake, looks innocent enough. There are a bunch of little canisters (“cañoncitos“) spread out intricately about the street. But each of these is filled with gunpowder, and they’re all attached to the same fuse.

The result is massive noise. We should know better, by now, than to continue showing up at these things. Check out the video — I tried my best to contain the horrified squeals which were itching my throat.

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Questions
A) What can possibly be the point of this, besides to deafen the city’s populace?
B) Why would people be clapping at the end of it?
C) Why do we continue to seek these street mascletàs out?
D) Did you see the granny escape in the video, around 1:33? Clever broad.

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The Falleras had a blast:

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There’s more information about Engraellats here, but only in Spanish.

Strange collection of canned backpacker food

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