Monday, 18 April 2011

Procesión El Cautivo (The Captive)

As I write this post, the first procession of Semana Santa (Holy Week) is passing a nearby corner five hours after leaving the Iglesia del Socorro at about 8pm this evening. Thankfully, the rain that had threatened during the day came to nothing and by evening the skies had cleared.

This is the first of six processions taking place this week and the route of this procession is considered to be the most difficult of all, taking it through some of the steepest and narrowest streets in Olvera.

The first of two pasos (platforms) in the procession, each supported by forty men called "costaleros" carried the image of Jesus the Captive, swaying gently from side to side to evenly distribute the enormous weight.

Two bands played throughout the procession. Here the Band of Cornets and Drums from San Fernando.

The hooded costumes of the Nazarenos led the procession.

The second paso to emerge from the Iglesia was that of Our Lady of Sorrows.

The procession headed slowly down Calle Salada where we left to rejoin it later in Calle Sevilla below.

Here, members of the Banda de Música de Alora following the second paso.

As always, it is hard not to be moved by the incredible dedication, devotion, strength and skill of the mainly young men who carry the pasos for six hours or more around the streets of Olvera.

It's an amazing effort by all involved, fully appreciated by all who watched in admiration.

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