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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

paulaner-fallas

flying-goose

fallas-doll

naked-angels

rapunzel

valencian-shoes

fallera-infantil

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

ayuntamiento-fallas-2010

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

fallero-Fallas-2010

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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May 6, 2010 at 8:43 am Comments (7)

Fallas 2010: La Ofrenda

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During the last couple days of Fallas, thousands of falleras from all over the province make a pilgrimage to Valencia’s Plaza de la Virgen to deliver flowers to Our Lady of the Forsaken, during one of the festival’s most awe-inspiring events: The Ofrenda (The Offering).

You’ve never seen anything like it; traffic in the inner city is completely brought to a halt. That goes for foot traffic, too. Young falleras, old falleras, baby falleras, musicians, cigarrette smoking falleras pushing strollers, hungover falleros, all on their way to the Virgin with flowers.

Once there, the flowers are used to dress the Virgin in dazzling reds, oranges and yellows. Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, it’s difficult to remain unmoved by the sight of the gigantic statue covered in flowers. The tradition is for the falleras who’ve just completed the journey to break out into tears, and many of them do, though a lot of them just pretend to (especially when the camera’s on them!)

Enjoy these great pictures and videos from The Ofrenda — one of our favorite parts of Fallas.

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

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 nature-fallero

12-apostle

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gold-fallera

super-fallero

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fashion-fallero

 ditched

 fallera-mother

 flower-snatcher

 picking-flowers-valencia

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traenen-fallera

 fallera-in-tears

 side-eye

 fallera-spy

fallera-candy

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March 23, 2010 at 9:38 am Comment (1)

Fallas 2010: Mascletà March 15th

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Wow. Today’s mascletà, I think everyone in attendance will agree, was … insane. A great way to start the first of the Big 5 Days of Fallas. Shot off by the company Europlá, this was one of the most incredible shows we’ve ever seen. Again, we were lucky enough to have a bird’s eye view, but I think as long as you were anywhere within a 394-mile radius, you couldn’t avoid being bowled over. Take a couple aspirin, then check out that finale.

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mascleta-set-up

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 mascleta-zoom

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Mascleta-art

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FUCK

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Traditional way of doing La Planta:

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artesona-fallas

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March 16, 2010 at 12:29 am Comments (0)

Fallas 2010: La Planta and Buñuelos

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March 15th – Fallas is now truly underway! A few weeks ago the city was awoken by the Despertà and ever since we’ve been running ourselves ragged, trying to attend as many Fallas events as possible.

La Planta officially starts today, lasting until tomorrow morning when all the Fallas monuments should be completed:

Make sure to watch the end; kind of funny.

The most famous food during Fallas is the buñuelo — donut-like fried treats made from pumpkin, which you dip into hot chocolate. You’ll find stands offering this sinful delight all over Valencia (Ruzafa has the most). Walking from monument to monument costs a lot of energy and buñuelos are even better than Red Bull for an energy boost.

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

 

Here’s a rundown of the main events for the next few days:

La Plantà
All over the city, Fallas commissions will be working to set up their monuments. A lot of the work has already been done on the larger monuments, but the groups officially have until tomorrow morning to finish. Traditionally the monuments are raised completely by hand, but the larger ones all employ cranes nowadays.

Fireworks Show
Tonight at midnight is the first fireworks show at Paseo Alameda. These shows are always incredible, so it’s worth staying up late. On the 16th and 17th the fireworks will start at 1am and on the 18th (the famous Nit de Foc) they’ll begin at 1:30.

Flower Offering: From 4pm until well after midnight on the 17th and 18th, traffic in the city center will be brought to a standstill as Falleras carry thousands of flowers to the Our Lady of the Forsaken in Plaza de la Virgin.

Here are some random Fallas pictures I took over the past few days:

la-planta

 fallero-fuerte

moors-christian-parade-fall

dancing-flames

moors-christians-fallas

 moors-boy

 fire-devils

 pertado-ninos

pyrotecnico-joven

fallas-balloons

cabalgata-folklore-fallas

 fallera-mayor-fallas-2010

 valencia-souvenirs

casal-fallas

paella-fallas

fun-neighborhood

 street-fireworks-fallas

 miniatur-mascleta-fallas

fallero-bebe

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March 15, 2010 at 11:00 am Comment (1)

Fallas 2010: Mascletà March 14th

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

Thanks to a very fortunate circumstance, we were able to experience today’s mascletà from the top of the Ayuntamiento. It was a good day to be on top — the streets became very packed, very early. We had an incredible view of the fireworks and the plaza, and hope that you enjoy our pictures of the bird’s eye perspective on this extremely loud mascletà.

After the fireworks, we were able to go onto the balcony and meet the Fallera Mayor, Maria Pilar Giménez, and the Fallera Mayor Infantil, Ariadna Galán. Both of them are even more stunning from up close — we were floored as much by their beauty as by their poise and warmth. At 9 years of age, Ariadna is amazingly confident and well-spoken. (I was still picking my nose and playing Magic at that age). And I got a kiss from Maria Pilar — sigh, I’m still swooning. What a day!! Just when we think Fallas can’t get any more exciting, something new comes along.

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