Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Virgen del Carmen

Sailors gathered at the port of Santa Pola to watch the traditional offering of flowers commemorating their missing companions. The thousands of flowers thrown in to the water apparently turned the dock into a "sea of petals".

In Torrevieja there was a service held in church followed by a procession of the Virgin del Carmen to the port. The fishing boat Verónica Ruso then carried the effigy in a marine procession

At the end of the procession, the Musical Union Torrevejense, accompanied by the choirs of the city, played Salve Marinera. The celebration culminated with a fireworks castle.

Fishing, along with the production of salt, were of course the main industries of Torrevieja. Now there are only a few boats fishing from the port but the sailors still honour their patron.

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