Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Noche De San Juan: Bonfires And Insanity

Last night, we welcomed — and bid a heartfelt good riddance to — Noche De San Juan (St. John's Eve, the feast day of Saint John the Baptist).

The evening is traditionally marked with bonfires. They could be seen all along the beach. Smokey but picturesque. Fireworks could be seen here and there in the distance. Bars and restaurants stayed open later than usual. Some of the chiringuitos (beach bars/restaurants) hosted big events. We were unfortunate enough to be right across the street from one of those chiringuitos. Strobe lights. Booming music pumped through gigantic speakers. Until 3:15. In the morning!

There was a mess on the beach that was cleaned up in time for today's beach-goers.

We're already talking about where we'll escape to next year.

Tomorrow, more pictures from Cádiz.

Click any image to amplify (quietly).

BONFIRES, FRIENDS, AND FAMILIES.
FUN TO SEE BUT BLASTING MUSIC FROM HUGE AMPLIFIERS
IS NOT PART OF THE TRADITION.
STILL CLEANING AS PEOPLE ARRIVE FOR A DAY AT THE BEACH.


Next Noche de San Juan, we've got to find 'us' a quiet place.

16 comments:

  1. So, you've had your share of strobe lights and loud music, eh?


    yeah .... me, too.

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    1. Bob:
      The strobe lights wouldn't have bothered me. The music blasting all night was impossible to ignore. Can't believe the city allowed it.

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  2. It is a fantastic show I would like to see it personally

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    1. Gosia:
      I wouldn't mind SEEING it again. I just don't want to ever HEAR it again.

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  3. Festivals are fun..... But.. I, too, like a quiet place.

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    1. Sharon:
      As far as I'm concerned, there was no justification for blasting music all night. Such a shame.

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  4. I guess there are pitfalls to living in paradise. And Spain has a lot of holidays and religious festivals, I'm told.

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    1. Stephen:
      The annual fairs are a noise nightmare for the people living around the fairgrounds. This is our first time experiencing this kind of past midnight noise invasion on the beach.

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  5. Festivals can be fun for sure. Some don't know when to stop!
    Strobe lights were 'fun' in the 60's! I didn't know they were still popular.
    Wonder what St.John the Baptist would be thinking?
    SH-H-H.....

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    1. Jim:
      I'll bet St. John didn't get a good night's sleep either.

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  6. Strobe lights and loud music is just never enjoyable... until 3:15 a.m., on top of it? grrr. Could have been an enjoyable festival, otherwise.
    Clearly, I'm now old and cranky LOL

    Where are you going to spend June 23 next year?

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    1. Judy:
      We haven't decided where to be next year. Last year we were in New York.

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  7. I'd say come here and help us celebrate the kidling's birthday, but it's summer and the night nomads are loudly cursing about nothing at all - occasionally punctuated with fireworks for no particular reason.
    The only thing I miss about winter is the quietness of the nights.

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    1. Jacqueline:
      Summer in Indiana (and no beach) doesn't sound exciting. Although celebrating the Kidling's birthday together would help!

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    1. Spo:
      I had intended to join the celebration, but the music was deafening enough inside the house.

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