Last week was Corpus, a big party with religious overtones, though once upon a time, it was the other way around.
There’s still a solemn procession through the streets accompanied by a youth orchestra who play dirgelike music but the processions have generally merged with the annual féria.
A little bit of history: the Catholic kings used this holiday to Christianize the population which had been under Muslim rule for eight centuries. According to some accounts, they instructed the town hall to invest a lot of money in the fiesta and urged the people to celebrate until they “appeared crazy,” hence all the gold and silver ...
Here’s what part of it looked like where I live: