MOORS & CHRISTIANS GUARDAMAR: 20th July-29th July 2018

Friday, July 20th

9.30pm – Parade of the Queen of the Fiestas and Maids Of Honour with Organising Committee

Route: Plaza Labradores Square, Calle Mayor ending in Plaza Constitució (Town Hall Square)

10pm – Opening Address by Manuel Pérez Blanco

10.30pm – Presentation of this year’s key representatives, flag and standard bearers

The Moors – Musulmanes: María José Mozos Flores, Nómadas: Filo Rios Ortíz, Abd-al-Azies: Tamara Lorenzo Madrid, La Pluma: Patricia Pérez Gutierrez, Tuareg: Andrea Barquilla Anguita.

The Christians – Mosquestera: Puri Ferrer Jiménez, Labradores: Luz Divina Torres Rodríguez, El Cid: Olga Rodríguez Beltrán, Piratas: Silvia Teresa Gilabert  Trigueros, Cruzados: Victoria Blanc Rastoll.

Captains of the Christians:  Antonio Blanc Ramírez and Mª Carmen Rastoll Sánchez

Captains of the Moors:  José Marroquí Maciá and Mari Carmen Aldeguer Rodes

Christian Ambassador: Jesús Sánchez Ortíz

Moor Ambassador:  Luis Fernando Barquilla Arias

11pm – Town Hall Square: Coronation ceremony of this year’s ‘Dama De Guardamar’ (Lady Of Guardamar), Ana Rodríguez Carrasco, in traditional costume, the age old legend of L’ENCANTÀ, a spectacle of light, water and fire. A stunning performance that tells the story of a young girl who falls under a spell and can only be released by a brave warrior who first has to battle against the forces of evil, a dragon, in order to free her. The spell can only be broken if he bathes her feet in the River Segura. The “happy ending” is that he kills the dragons and washes her feet in the river. They live happily ever after. (Historical note: the Lady of Guardamar sculpture dates from the 4th Century B.C.)

Midnight: Food trucks and Fair La Redonda Parking Site, behind the Castle next to Santa Ana Industrial Estate.

Saturday, July 21th  FANCY DRESS PARADE

1pm – Church bell ringing and fireworks (Town Hall Square)

10pm – FANCY DRESS PARADE and Competition: Music and fancy dress for anyone who wants to get involved. The Parade sets off from Calle Mayor on the corner with Calle Nord and continues along Avenida País Valencià, ending in Plaza Jaume II. Competition bibs and rules can be obtained from the Tourist Information Office. Prizes will be given before the concert.

Midnight: Food trucks and Fair La Redonda Parking Site, behind the Castle next to Santa Ana Industrial Estate.

Sunday, 22nd July

12pm – Opening of the traditional Medieval Market. Located at Calle Castell, behind Guardamar parish church, going up to the castle

1pm – Church bell ringing and fireworks (Town Hall Square)

5pm – Children’s Water Party on Avenida Els Pins and Calle Sant Francesc

8pm – Street Parade led by Guardamar del Segura Musical Group with the ‘Dama de Guardamar’, her ladies in waiting, Captains, standard bearers and representatives of all of the Moors and Christians

Route: Town Hall, Avenida Enginyer Mira and Reina Sofia Park.

8.30pm – Moors And Christians Fiestas Music Concert

Led by the Guardamar del Segura Music Group, including a tribute to José Pérez Vilaplana and presentation of awards for the 2018 “Town of Guardamar” Short Story Competition.

9pm – Food trucks and Fair La Redonda Parking Site, behind the Castle next to Santa Ana Industrial Estate.

Monday, 23th July CORREFOCS

1pm – Church bell ringing and fireworks (Town Hall Square)

6pm – Medieval Market. Located at Calle Castell, behind Guardamar parish church, going up to the castle

9pm – Choir Concert in the Reina Sofía Park led by the “Aromas de Guardamar Choir” and the “Barcarola Choir” and with the participation of Jacqueline Sánchez, Chari Candela and Sofía Sáchez dance schools.

10.30pm – CORREFOCS – Costumed performers with fireworks run through the streets, by the group “No somos monstruos” (We are not monsters). Departing from the Town Hall, Calles Miguel Hernández, Sant Francesc, Ausiàs March, Sant Jaume, Plaça d’Abastos, Enginyer Mira and ending in Plaza Constitució (Town Hall)

Tuesday, 24th July SIGNING OF THE TREATY OF TUDMIR

1pm – Church bell ringing and fireworks (Town Hall Square)

6pm – Medieval Market

8.20pm – Informal entrance of the “Comparsas” (troupes) of Moors and Christians on different streets of Guardamar ending in Plaza Constitució (Town Hall)

9.30 p.m. Theatrical representation of the SIGNING OF THE TREATY OF TUDMIR on April 5, 713 A.D., when the noble Visigoth Teodomiro ceded the territories where Guardamar is located at present to the Muslims of Abd-al-azid ibn Muzá.. Afterwards the Guardamar Musical Group and the Aromas de Guardamar Choir will perform the Fiestas Hymn. In the Town Hall Square.

NIGHT TIME: bar, music and dancing throughout the night at all of the designated “Comparsa fiesta barracks”

Wednesday, 25th July

11.30am – Little parade with the Guardamar Music Group with the Lady of Guardamar, Maids of Honor, Captains,  Ambassador, Standards Bearers, Organising Committee and other officials of the Fiesta. Departure from the Comparsas Headquarters on Calle Colom, along Gratitud, Sant Josep, Enginyer Mira, Ausiàs March, Les Vinyes, Luis Rivera, Migdia, Vicente Ramos, Enginyer Mira and ending at the Plaça de la Constitució (Town Hall Square).

12.30pm – Official Reception of the Captains and Member of the Organising Committee at the Town Hall.

1pm – Mascletà (Fire crackers and noisy gunpowder event in the Town Hall square).

8pm – Holy Mass in honour of St James (celebrated by our Parish Priest, Father Efrén Mira)

9pm – PROCESSION IN HONOUR OF ST JAMES, includes local councillors, civic and military dignitaries, key members of the Moors and Christians Organising Committee, the ‘Dama de Guardamar’ with her Maids of Honour, the Captains, Presidents and various associations and members and participating Comparsas.

Route: Calle Enginyer Mira Street, Plaza Abastos, Sant Emigdi, València, Major, País Valencià, Migdia, Vicente Ramos streets and back to the Church.

NIGHT TIME: bar, music and dancing throughout the night at all of the designated “Comparsa fiesta barracks”

Thursday, July 26th  First Gunpowder Battle and Moorish Entry

1pm – Church bell ringing and fireworks (Town Hall Square)

8pm – First Gunpowder Battle. The mock battle begins along Pais Valencià Avenue at the corner with Lepanto Street and continues towards the Town Hall Square. The Christians are in front, expelled by the Moors who take possession of the town.

9pm ENTRY TO THE CASTLE. Departing from the Plaça Llauradors the “Cruzados” Comparsa enter the Castle. They are followed by the “Tuareg” Comparsa who re-enact the conquering of the Castle and the town of Guardamar by the Moors. After this, both Comparsas parade along Calle Major towards Plaça Llauradors.

NIGHT TIME: bar, music and dancing throughout the night at all of the designated “Comparsa fiesta barracks”.

Friday, July 27th Second Gunpowder Battle and Christian Entry

1pm – Church bell ringing and fireworks (Town Hall Square)

8pm – Second Gunpowder Battle. This mock battle begins, after warning gunfire from the Castle’s Gunpowder Bastion. The battle then moves along  Castell Street,  Gratitud Street,  Llauradors Square,  Major Street to the Town Hall Square. The Moors are first, followed by the Christians, who now take possession of the town.

9pm –  ENTRY TO THE CASTLE. The Comparsa ‘Tuareg” maintain the Castle’s possession. The Comparsa “Cruzados” enter the Castle and once there, the Christians take power. The ´Trial of the Moorish Traitor´ then takes place. It represents the conquest of the Castle and the town from the Moors by the Christians. Both Comparsas then march along the agreed upon route from País Valencià Avenue to  Pescadors Square.

NIGHT TIME: bar, music and dancing throughout the night at all of the designated “Comparsa fiesta barracks”.

Saturday, July 28th  ENTRANCE OF THE MOORS

1pm – Church bell ringing and fireworks (Town Hall Square)

8.30pm – ENTRANCE OF THE MOORS Departing from País Valencià Avenue corner on Lepanto Street. It will then move along País Valencià Avenue, Major Street ending corner of Major and Nord Streets. The Parade runs in the following order:

THE CHRISTIANS: MOSQUETERA, LABRADORES, EL CID, PIRATAS, CRUZADOS.

THE MOORS: MUSULMANES, NÓMADAS, ABD-AL-AZÍES, LA PUMA, TUAREG

NIGHT TIME: bar, music and dancing in all of the designated ‘fiesta barracks’.

Sunday, July 29th  ENTRANCE OF THE CHRISTIANS

1pm – Church bell ringing and fireworks (Town Hall Square)

7pm – THE MUSICAL BAND PARADES Route: Major Street corner Nord Street (reverse to the parade)

8.30pm – ENTRANCE OF THE MOORS Departing from País Valencià Avenue corner on Lepanto Street. It will then move along País Valencià Avenue, Major Street ending corner of Major and Nord Streets. The Parade runs in the following order:

THE MOORS: MUSULMANES, NÓMADAS, ABD-AL-AZÍES, LA PUMA, TUAREG

THE CHRISTIANS: MOSQUETERA, LABRADORES, EL CID, PIRATAS, CRUZADOS.

NIGHT TIME: Bar, music and dancing throughout the night at all of the designated “Comparsa fiesta barracks”

Midnight – FIREWORK DISPLAY OVER THE SEA. La Roqueta Beach

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