Tuesday morning, I woke up — in time for the 2-1/2-hour train ride home — with one of my allergy attacks that feels like the flu, in time for the train ride home. (Could I be allergic to something in Sevilla?) So I spent much of Wednesday and Thursday lounging and/or sleeping. And whining. But I'm back with over 400 photos to sort through.
Today's photos are from the Three Kings Parade (Cabalgata de los Tres Reyes), which occurred the day before "Epiphany" (Three Kings Day). Our friend Miguel met us in front of our hotel for a birds-eye view.
I made a number of new friends during the parade, most under the age of 10. Two girls, Julia and Marta, who had been studying English for a year and were doing exceptionally well. Adorable brothers who just smiled at me... a lot (the first photo). And, Adrian (pronounced ah-dree-AHN), a boy who knows a little English but is shy about using it. We practiced "thank you" and "your welcome" when I caught air-born candies and gave them to him.
(Click any image. You can almost taste the candies.)
|EARLIER IN THE DAY... AT PLAZA DE ESPAÑA.|
|AN APACHE IN FRONT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLA (AT LEFT).|
(NEAR WHERE THE PARADE STARTED.)
|LIKE GOING BACK IN TIME... EXCEPT FOR THE SNEAKERS.|
|MARTA (RIGHT): "I HAVE A PET RABBIT."|
JULIA (LEFT): "I LIKE TO EAT RABBIT."
|A MATCHED SET.|
|TWO CROWNED TWIZYS LED THE WAY.|
|JUDY WAS SO EXCITED TO RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL CARAMELO (CANDY) BAG.|
|MY PAL ADRIAN WHO CHASED VERY AGGRESSIVELY AFTER THE CANDY.|
HIS MOTHER HAD TO CONSTANTLY PULL HIM FROM BETWEEN THE FLOATS... AND HORSES.
|BLACK-FACE, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO SIGNIFY THE MOORS.|
IT'S ALSO SUPPOSEDLY NOT OFFENSIVE, BUT I HAVE MY DOUBTS.
|THE SKY WAS FILLED WITH FLYING CARAMELOS.|
|MIGUEL DISPLAYING HIS SIMULTANEOUS CATCHES.|
JUDY (RIGHT) HAD HER MOUTH FILLED WITH CANDY AND MADE ME
PROMISE TO CROP HER OUT OF THE PIC...
BUT, IF I CROPPED HER OUT,
YOU WOULD MISS SEEING MIGUEL'S WHISTLE...
AND IT'S A VERY NICE WHISTLE.
|REY #1: MELCHOR|
|THE PIRATES OF BETHLEHEM?|
|IMAGINE THE BOTTOMS OF OUR SHOES.|
|OK... MAYBE IT WASN'T JUST A BIBLICAL THEME.|
|LOS CAMELLOS (CAMELS) PLODDING THROUGH THE CARMELOS (CANDIES).|
|REY #2: GASPAR|
|I CAUGHT THIS FOAM RUBBER TOY CITY BUS (FROM THE BUS FLOAT).|
I GAVE IT TO ADRIAN AND HE SQUEALED, "YOUR WELCOME!!!"
|BEWARE OF GREEKS BEARING GIFTS.|
IF ONLY IT WERE FILLED WITH CANDY.
|SEVILLA HAS 2 FÚTBOL TEAMS. HERE'S CARLOS MARCHENA FROM "REAL BÉTIS."|
HE SAT BACK-TO-BACK WITH A PLAYER FROM "FÚTBOL CLUB SEVILLA."
|MADRID, WHICH I THINK ONLY USES BLACK-FACE FOR BALTASAR,|
RECENTLY RECEIVED A FORMAL PETITION TO STOP THE PRACTICE.
|REY #3: BALTASAR|
|BALTASAR WAS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY THE STREET CLEANERS.|
|AFTER THE PARADE PASSED US BY, I TRIED TO GET ACROSS TOWN TO VISIT A FRIEND.|
I CUT THROUGH THE OLD TOWN AND GOT STUCK. I HAD TO WATCH THE ENTIRE PARADE
ALL OVER AGAIN. HERE'S BALTASAR... THIS TIME WITH LIGHTS.
And I leave you with the voice of Minnesota's own, Erin Schwab, San Geraldo's god-daughter — a singer, actress, radio personality, teacher, and all-round exceptional human being.