The "Virgen Del Carmen" is a Fiesta in Calpe, Spain when sailors celebrate with a festival to honour their patron saint, the "Virgen del Carmen". The Cofradía de Pescadores (Fishermen’s Association) organises the event, which includes games, live music, floral offerings, and fireworks.
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Sailors celebrate this fiesta to honour the patron saint, "Virgen del Carmen". The Cofradía de Pescadores (Fishermen’s Association) organises the different events. This fiesta has been celebrated in Calpe since 1940. Information on the 2019 is not yet available. For guidance, please refer to the 2018 Fiesta Schedule provided below.
Saturday 14th July 2018
10:30 Water games at the fishing port area (water mattresses).
11:30 Greasy poles (cucañas), including different games (no age limit). In all cases, the winner and second-placed will be awarded.
NOTE: Snacks and food at economic price. Bar service will be managed by the Capitanía Mora (Fila Tuareg) and Capitanía Cristiana (Fila Contrabandistas). All activities will be accompanied by the band 'Xirimiters del Carellot' from Calpe.
22:30 MiniFestival Creampop with the bands, 'The Liverpool Band', 'The Wheel and the Hammond', 'El Meister', and 'Mostaza Galvez'.
Sunday 15th July 2018
10:00 Trophy of Remo (exhibition of rowing by the oarsmen of Calpe).
12:00 Caldero Competition (contest in which the three best rice dishes will be awarded, all cooked according to the rules of the contest).
07:00 Afternoon entertainment from the band 'Bernia' in the Placa dels Mariners de Calp.
10:30 Live Concert from the group 'Mc Lucas' in the Placa dels Mariners de Calpe.
NOTE: There will be a bar service managed by the Moors & Christians 2018.
Monday 16th July 2018
11:30 Meeting of authorities (local festival committee, festival queen and ladies, seafarer community and invited guests) at Plaça Mariners to attend the Mass (at church Nuestra Señora de las Nieves).
12:00 Solemn mass, accompanied by the “Rondalla de Calp". At the end of the Mass, a “Mascleta" will be displayed at Plaza Mayor (held by Dragon Pyrotechnics). Afterwards, an appetiser will be served to all guests in the Bar at the Casa de Cultura.
20:30 Traditional floral offering to the "Cantisima Virgen del Carmen" at the fishing port area. Seafarer community and devotees are kindly requested to carry flower bunches. Then, the "Procesion Marinera" (Seafarer Procession) will take place at the port, accompanied by the bands 'Xirimiters del Carellot' and 'Union Musical Calp Ifach'. After the procession, an oration will be prayed and the Calpe Rowing Club will carry a flower crown which will be thrown offshore, in the memory of the dead seafarers.
22:30 Fireworks display (held by Dragon Pyrotechnics).
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