La Feria de Sevilla

Sevilla´s April Fair is arguably Spain´s most important party (apologies to Valencia´s Fallas and Cadiz´s Carnaval). The tradition, atmosphere, color, music and setting of the Andalusian capital´s annual fiesta swell together to create a sensory experience impossible to find anywhere else. People come from all over the world to take in the typical sevillanas, a 6/4 musical style with percussive guitars, slightly flamenco-like singing, and most importantly, accompanied by the feria´s trademark sevillana dance. The timelessly beautiful dark-skinned Andalusian women in their one-of-a-kind flamenca dresses are certainly an elegant attraction for many. The endless procession of horses and carriages – at the fair an authentic means of transportation and not a kitschy tourist trap (such as Venetian gondolas, for example) – is a captivating sight that one could easily take in for hours on end on a hot April afternoon. Whatever the reason for coming is, the April Fair is a spectacular display of Sevilla´s unique culture, and is a necessary date on Andalucía´s calendar.

This year, the Feria fell on the last week in April, and the first weekend of May. I went on the Friday and Saturday. I only have photos from the daytime, because, simply put, I just didn´t take any photos at night.

In the patio of Esme´s new apartment, resting before the Feria

In the patio of Esme´s new apartment, resting before the Feria

 

 

An afternoon at Sevilla´s Feria

An afternoon at Sevilla´s Feria

 

 

Horses and carriages and fancy clothes

Horses and carriages and fancy clothes

 

 

Horses and ferris wheel

Horses and ferris wheel

 

A flamenca family strolling the fairgrounds

A flamenca family strolling the fairgrounds

 

 

Seville´s April Fair is a highly crowded affair

Sevilla´s April Fair is a highly crowded affair

 

 

The gateway to the Feria, in Sevilla´s Los Remedios neighborhood

The gateway to the Feria, in Sevilla´s Los Remedios neighborhood

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~ by lincolnbrody on May 6, 2009.

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