The Virgen de las Nieves is a Fiesta in Calpe, Spain, that involves the offering of flowers, a mass, and a procession, all in honour of the Virgen de las Nieves. The fiesta also includes open-air balls, a firework display, a parade (with floats and costumes), and bull running.
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During the Calpe fiesta, Vigen de las Nieves, Calpe becomes all fireworks and gun powder. It’s about festivals and tradition, culture and art. Fireworks will illuminate the city during the Virgen de las Nieves as Calpe lives and breathes its festivals.
The Virgen de las Nieves is organised by the Festivals Committee to honour the patron saint of Calpe, the Virgen de las Nieves. The main emblems of the festival are the queen and her courts, made up by four generations: children, juniors, adults and elders. This fiesta has been celebrated in Calpe since 1940.
The details of the 2022 fiesta are below as a guide until the 2023 programme is published:
Monday 1st August: Opening The Fiesta
13:00 Bell ringing of church bells and firecrackers set off to our Patron Saint "Virgen de las Nieves".
20:30 Concentration at parque Arco Iris
21:00 "Entrada de la Murta" (a procession down streets strewn with myrtle) accompanied by band music. The route is from the Plaza Arco Iris to Plaza Miguel Roselló.
21:30 "Crida a la Festa" (festival opening speech), and the switching on of the fiesta lights by the Queens of the Fiestas from the Town Hall Balcony.
23:30 Musical performance by 'SEVEN CRASHERS' en la Plaza Mayor.
Friday 2nd August: "Día del Fadrí" / Youth Day
10:30 Parade from Plaza Mariners to Plaza Miguel Roselló.
11:00 Takeover of the Town Hall and change of "Vara de Mando" to Festeros for one day.
18:00 "Cucañas" at Calle Llibertat.
20:00 Musical performance by 'SEVEN CRASHERS' at the Plaza Mayor.
23:30 Macro Disco-Movil by 'Baccanali' at the Plaza Mayor.
Wednesday 3rd August: Children's Day
10:30 "Despertà" for children (a morning parade through the streets throwing rockets) from the Plaza dels Mariners along several streets of the town.
11:00 Water gamrs in the Parc de la Creativitat
20:00 Magic Tribute Musical Show for the children in Plaza Mayor
23:30 Concert by 'REVOLUTION' at the Plaza Mayor.
02:00 DJ PARTY
Thursday 3rd August: Offering of Flowers / Night for the Groups
10:00 "Despertà" for children (a morning parade through the streets throwing rockets) from the Plaza dels Mariners along several streets of the town.
11:00 Water games at "El Parque de la Creatividad".
13:00 Bell ringing of church bells.
20:30 Musical parade with the committee around the town & picking up the authorities towards the church. Offering of flowers to our Patron Saint Virgen de las Nieves.
23:00 Musical performance by "MONACO PARTY" in the Plaza Mayor
00:30 Night time fireworks at the Plaza Mayor.
FRIDAY 5th August: Day of "Virgen de las Nieves"
10:00 Aerial rockets
10:30 Music parade with the committee around the town and picking up of authorities.
13:30 "Mascletà" (fireworks) by Pirotecnia Hermanos Caballer.
19:30 Parade with the committee around the town and picking up of authorities. Solemn procession to honour Nuestra Señora la Virgen de las Nieves.
20:00 Holy Mass to honour "Nuestra Señora la Virgen de las Nieves".
23:55 Large Firework Display at the beach - amazing aquatic fireworks (event organised by the Department of Fiestas).
00:30 Disco by 'MATRIX' at the Plaza Mayor.
SATURDAY 6th August: Day of San Salvador
11:00 WARER GAMES in the Parc de la Creativitat
19:30 Parade with the committee around the town and picking up of authorities.
20:30 Holy Mass in the Hermitage of Salvador. Afterwards, "Picaeta" will be offered.
23:00 PARTY & ANIMATION in the Plaza Mayor
Sunday 7th August
20:30 Large Fancy Dress Procession (to finish the festival) through the town from the Calle Benissa to the Plaza Colón.
NOTE: From the 8th to the 13th of August, the fiesta's bull running will be taking place. Please refer to the Independent Bous al Carrer programme for more information about this event.
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