Monday, 28 February 2011

Dia de Andalucia

A public holiday here today, celebrating Andalucia Day, commemorating the establishment of Andalucia as an autonomous region of Spain in 1980.

So on another lovely day with temperatures at about 18 degrees C and near clear blue skies, we walked up to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to join the celebrations.

The magnificent "Banda de Música de Olvera" were forming up in the plaza awaiting the arrival of the equally talented brass and drums of the Santa Ana Olvera band who were making their way down from the Iglesia.

The flag of Andalucia proudly displayed at the fore.

The "Alcalde" (Mayor) in the centre with other town dignitaries awaiting the start of proceedings.

One of the youngest musicians present.

Each band played a selection of music to a very appreciative audience but unusually this year there were no speeches or readings as in previous years.

At the end of the ceremony, each band with their supporters left the plaza in different directions to process through the town, to meet up eventually at the Feria ground for further celebrations.

We decided not to follow, instead heading up for tapas in the sun at Bar Valentinos.

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