Every year, the weekend following Holy Week, the city of Murcia celebrates, in style, the Burial of the Sardine, a popular, familiar, open and colorful party that puts the finishing touch to the Spring Festival.
The two central events of the weekend are two parades: the one of the Testament of the Sardine and the one of the Burial of the Sardine.
After having fun and vibrated with the Sardine Testament parade, on Saturday I had to know, finally, the big day of the Burial of the Sardine.
Batucadas, parades and hachoneros, protagonists of the morning
Even with the memory of the music, the choreographies and the fireworks of the Sardine Testament parade, I had breakfast and prepared to go outside.
It was 11 o'clock on a spectacular morning in which the spring sun announced a hot day in a flowery and cheerful Murcia. Coming from the Floridablanca area, we crossed the Danger Bridge and ended at a Gran Vía that already had thousands of chairs arranged in orderly rows on both sides of the street. At night, none of them would be empty.
We leave the Gran Vía to go to the square dominated by the beautiful baroque cathedral of Murcia. The place, the most iconic in the city, boiled with activity. The mix of sailors and Russian percussionists who had been part of the parade the day before, entertained a hundred people with their powerful drum beats.
A few meters from them, and taking advantage of a break from the Slavs, a batucada took a position and began to delight the staff with their Brazilian rhythms. Entire families went from here to there, dodging balloon and candy stands to follow these different versions of Hamelin flutes that had them totally spellbound.