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Hola Valencia’s Top Five: Festivals

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Well, I bet you’ve already guessed one of the festivals on our list! Sorry, Assumption Day, it’s not you. Here are the five festivals we loved the most during our time in this party-loving city!

Fallas

Fallas is the Valencian festival, for an entire week turning the city into a exploding, singing, marching, crying, drinking madhouse. We love it. If you visit Valencia during Fallas, you will never, ever forget it.

Our Mega-Fallas Überpost

Wine Festival in the Turia

Not really a traditional festival in the sense of the others on this list, but a great time regardless. The annual wine festival in the Turia seems to grow in popularity every year and, why not? With an incredible selection of cheeses, sausages and wines, and a great atmosphere which seems to buzz with the joy of spring, this is an event which no one should skip. Unless you’re one of those teetotaling losers.

Heaven on Earth? The Wine Festival

Virgen de los Desamparados

Possibly even crazier than Fallas is the celebration of Our Lady of the Forsaken — Valencia’s patron saint. The Sunday morning parade is the shortest, most intense religious freak-out I’ve ever seen.

The Traslado de la Virgen

Corpus Christi

In May, Valencia’s second most important festival gets underway, with bizarre parades, towering dancing figures and la moma — the lady dressed in white. It’s all tied to religion, of course, but what a giant-headed dancing Moor has to do with the body of Christ is anyone’s guess.

Paseo de las Rocas 2010

9 de Octubre

Get out your Valencian flags and head down to the Ayuntamiento, where the city will be celebrating itself in a grand fashion. This is the most nationalistic of Valencia’s holidays, and there’s often trouble as black-clad (and perhaps slightly fascist) Spanish nationalists come up against Valencian separatists. A good time!

Separatist Shenanigans at the Lowering of the Senyera

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This Was Fallas 2010

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This will be our final post about Fallas 2010 and then we’ll shut up about it… for 3 months or so! Below, you’ll find links to all the posts of this year’s Fallas festivities and some pictures which we hadn’t published yet.

Mascletàs of 2010:

And….

Special Selection Fallas:

The remaining random Fallas pictures in no specific order:

churros

 grass-hoppers

 alice-in-wonderland

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flying-goose

fallas-doll

naked-angels

rapunzel

valencian-shoes

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not-feeling-fallas

super-cute-Fallera

the-art-of-churros

fallas-street-lights

how-to-deal-with-the-crisis

valencian-BBQ

BBQ-Spain

bunuela

gay-valencia

constructing-the-virgin

John-Lennon-lives-in-Valenc 

magic-in-Valencia

real-demon-in-Valencia

peter-punk

slutty-snow-white

happy-sun-valencia

first-price-valencia-fallas

rita-fallas-host

bird-falleras

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servicio-limpieza

fiesta-fallera

classic-falla-valencia

canovas-fallas

fallas-2012

child-kidnapping

 firework-set-up

turia-fireworks

fallas-outsiders

hola-Valencia

fallas-stock-image

fiddle-fun

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fallas-fotografo

erklaerung-fallas

secrotos-fallas

fort-pavesos

washing-underwear

valencia-orgy

underwear-flag

super-falleras

the-dude

 soccer-ruzafa

falleros-fotbal

banda-ruzafa

ghost-spain

pumpkin

giant-paella

paella-magnet

happy-old-people

chocolate-churros

mascleta-la-bomba

how-to-set-up-mascleta

bunuelo-tienda

crisis-donation

bubble-fest

 paella-fiesta

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Fallas 2010: Archiduque

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devil-spain

The embarrassing “Sin Premio” (without prize) distinction went this year to Archiduque Carlos Chiva for their rather uninspired monument which featured a giant devil dancing around scenes from hell. This just wasn’t on the same level as the other special section monuments, and sadly deserved last place. There were a couple fun ninots, but overall it was smaller in scale, and not too clever.

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elf-valencia
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fire-punk
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FKK-Valencia
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Fallas 2010: L’Antiga de Campanar – 12th Place

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Oh, poor L’Antiga! Every year they make such a great effort, but with the monstrosity of Nou Campanar looming just blocks away, they always fail to impress the judges.

antiga-de-campanar-2010

I don’t know. I liked their monument this year. “The Hour of Truth” featured an old man (Father Time?) keeping watch over a number of ecological disasters. Uncle Sam & Obama stood on the top of a drowning Statue of Liberty, while the waters rise; a polar bear clings to a last bit of ice; recycling and deforestation pop up, and so on.

But 12th place was the best L’Antiga could manage… same as last year. At least they avoided the dreaded “sin premio” designation!

anitga-campanar
hunchback-valencia
2012-end-of-the-world
Obama-in-New-York
peet
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nuclear-valencia
cock-chopper
valencia-penis
oh-deer
nasty-dog-poop
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Fallas 2010: Pl. Merced – 11th Place

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Now, we think 11th place was a little unfair for Plaza de la Merced’s 2010 monument. Theirs has consistently been one of the least interesting special section offerings, but the commission really stepped it up with this year’s “Passage Through Valencia”, and deserved better than 11th.

A huge touristic train rumbles through different scenes of the “New Valencia”, filled with sightseers and animals from the Bioparc. It was humorous, and well-done.

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Zug-Valencia
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Kebab-Valencia
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chinese-menue-valencia
placa-santa-rita

Keep at it Merced! You’re headed in the right direction.

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