Both centres held events marked by tradition, participation, gastronomy and the party atmosphere
Last night Alcala-Alcossebre ended their Patronal fiestas with the great firework display set off from the beach, as is the tradition. From the 24th August to the 3rd September in Alcala and from the 6th to the 10th September in Alcossebre, the town spent fiesta days and nights intensely filled with about 140 events, in which an essential role was played by the town’s associations and groups. “We want to thank our associations for their participation because it is they who mark the pulse of the festive programme and without them we would not be able to make our fiestas work”, the Mayor Francisco Juan said.
As well as encouraging participation, one of the fundamental objectives of the Fiestas Department when creating the programme, was to “offer alternatives so that all tastes and ages could see themselves represented and find events they liked”, commented Susan Guillamón, the Fiestas councillor. With the aim of including the maximum number of people and as a sample of the concern in the council for people with special needs, they prepared special spaces for the disabled, both during the course of the Proclamation in the plaza de la Iglesia, and in the bull ring in Alcossebre, where a lift was installed to take the disabled users straight up to the seating levels.
Regarding the events which took place, the councillor thanked “the participation of residents and visitors and their understanding when, due to the inclemency of the weather, the place where an event was planned to be held, had to be changed. Thankfully, having a multi-purpose space such as the Espai d’Oci, we did not have to cancel any event and many young people from other towns also came”, councillor Susan Guillamón said.
Starting this year, boys and young men can become festeros, a role which, until now, was only open to female representatives. “In its time, we have already dispensed with the role of ‘queen’ with her court of honour and we are now taking another step forward regarding equality”, the Mayor said. During these fiestas, five girls and two boys were the leading representatives for the town.
The events and bull spectaculars, the gastronomic offer – with the Ruta de la Tapa in Alcala and Alcossebre and crowd events like the Tombet de Bou – and the dances and musical events all left their mark on the fiesta days, and to these we must add the arrival of La Vuelta a España in Alcossebre, on 23rd August, acting as a prologue to the fiestas, and the 14th HD and Custom Bikes Rally organised by Custom Maestrat on 1st, 2nd and 3rd September.
“In short, we are happy because, once again, our residents have had a very varied programme and one which brought many people out into the streets where they have enjoyed days filled with action and festive atmosphere”, the Mayor Francisco Juan concluded.