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Wonderfully whimsical and beautifully made. What a trip. Not sure that Ronald McDonald should end up in the recycling bin, justifiable as it may be. My feeling is that a toxic waste holding area would be more appropriate.
"Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827
We went to the nearby town of Denia to watch them burn the Fallas last night. Valencia is too big and crazy burning theirs. Many towns in the Valencia provence build the fallas to celebrate Spring on Saint Joeseph day.
They are built with a core of wooden structure so it will burn. Historically they used paper mache to cover the ninots.
They come along and wrap the statues with fireworks, poke some holes in them and pour in an accelerant. The first major activity is the fire department shows up and rings the statue with tape to keep the crowds back. Bands, dancing, ring-around-the-rosie......then bang, fireworks, and big fires. The statue erupts into flames and burns to the ground. Cheers all around as the last bits fall to the ground.
Follow the fire truck to the next statue!
These pictures are actually of the kids falla, a smaller one in front of the adult falla (so, it's really a small fire!). These go first!
Definately watch the second one with nice classical/opera music playing in the background. Brings back memories of the riots in LA. Only this is a yearly tradition. Surley I was born on the wrong continent.
The fire department used to do something similar up in Sacramento, CA with all the Christmas trees in January - great huge bonfire in a parking lot.
Now if only they would do this with the Rose Parade