Today’s mascletà in honor of the Virgin was a small, proficient display at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. There was no cage, which provided us with a great view of the explosions. Though it wasn’t exactly on the scale of the Fallas mascletàs, there wasn’t much of a crowd, so we got a great view and a really fun video. Enjoy!
If you are normally not a big fan of the 5 minute long Mascletà videos I urge you to watch the short (best part) version of today’s Mascletà:
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.
The Night of Fire is one of the most eagerly anticipated events during Fallas. Thousands of people gather around the Paseo de la Alameda at the ungodly hour of 1:30am on March 18th to see some of the best fireworks in the world.
At least, usually they are. We weren’t terribly impressed with the Nit de Foc this year, but it might have just been the cool weather or general exhaustion.
As always, the true adventure starts after the fireworks show, during the walk home. There are so many people on the street, and with drunk kids shooting off firecrackers from the river bed, getting home can be a somewhat scary experience.
Did you see this year’s Nit de Foc? If so, what did you think?
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.
We're Jürgen and Mike, from Germany and the USA. We've been living in Valencia on-and-off since 2008. Much of our time is spent traveling the world with For 91 Days... but Valencia is the city we call home, and to which we'll always return.