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Lorca Easter Parade

Posted on: April 15, 2020

Due to the worldwide pandemic, all Easter parades and celebrations for Semana Santa, (Holy Week) were cancelled in Spain. This is the most important week in the Spanish religious calendar and has been celebrated for centuries. Since we could not partake in a fiesta this year, I am sharing the parade I attended last year. It was so spectacular, it’s worth a revisit. Enjoy!

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Semana Santa, Holy Week in Spain, is the annual tribute of the Passion of Jesus Christ celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods called cofradía and fraternities that perform penance processions on the streets of almost every Spanish city and town during the last week of Lent, the week immediately before Easter. Each place presents a different experience, from very sombre processions to lively spectacles. 

On Maundy Thursday a friend and I went by bus to the city of Lorca, about one and a half hours away, to attend their Easter parade that I had heard was one of the best in Spain. Although rain threatened, it managed to stay away and we were able to watch the three-hour parade without getting wet.

It was an amazing parade, one I will never forget. As usual, the local citizens and brotherhoods went all out with magnificent costumes, fabulous floats and heart stopping entertainment. 

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19 Responses to "Lorca Easter Parade"

I remember this post. Worth seeing again.

I thought it was worth a repeat. Remembering good times. Take care and stay safe, Mary. xo

Canceling these sorts of events–and Sunday church–is heartbreaking. It’s so much what people need to get through crisis and now even that support is unavailable. But, I do understand and agree. I’ll wait.

Yes, it is necessary, I have been impressed by how folks have adapted and come up with new and innovative ways to celebrate and come together. It is like your books, humans have always been resourceful. xo

A church in a rural community not far from my city organized a drive-in theatre-type of Easter service. It was a hit — many showed up secure in their cars in the parking lot. Yes, we are resourceful and resilient these days.

I love that. What a great way to share the Easter experience. People are making use of technology in the most wonderful ways right now. Take care and stay safe.

I remember this from last year, Darlene. A lovely post, I enjoyed re-reading it.

Nice share, Darlene. I’ll read the original. Just wanted to comment on the cancellation of these important occasions. It’s so sad. Yet, so vital to cancel crowd events. I guess people can still honor their religious holidays in their own way or on line. It’s not the same of course, but it brings a new tradition to our homes. It’s so cool that you have been living in Spain and partaking of the culture—becoming Spanish. 🙂

I so agree. It is very important to cancel all these public events. It was a football (soccer) game in Italy that spread the virus like wildfire there. The fact that Spain was quick to instill strict lockdown measures has ensured that many of us have not been infected. Take care and stay safe. xo

I remember this post – it was absolutely worth a revisit.

I enjoyed seeing it again as well. We need our good memories. xo

Just imagine how beautiful it will be when everyone can gather together in celebration once again. Something wonderful to look forward to!

This is so true. But I think it will be a while until we are comfortable being in crowds. I the meantime we can care for each other from a distance.

Isn’t it fabulous to have wonderful memories such as these to sustain us through isolation? What a celebration it will be in years to come when it is safe to gather again.

It will be wonderful. One little boy said to his mother, “mum when I have kids I will tell them all about 2020 the year that didn’t happen!” We are living a part of history that will not be forgotten. xo

It is so true Darlene. Someone described it to me as a book marker in life. Before and after COVID19. I think it will certainly be that way for me.

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