Feria de Sevilla, or April Fair
in Sevilla, has its origins in a cattle fair which
took place as early as the end of the 19th century.
In about 1847 the first of many events which would
turn into one of the most famous and visited
celebrations in Spain. On that first occasion it
was celebrated at the Prado de San Sebastián, a
fielded area on the outskirts of town, and
included 19 casetas.
to the tremendous success that it had, from that
moment on the two parts of the fair were divided,
on one hand the cattle fair and on the other hand
the part that included diversion, music and dance.
The result is an area where the fair is located
that resembles a small city where different groups
set up their casetas along long streets.
was from 1973 when the fair moved its location to the
neighborhood called "Los Remedios", a
rectangular space about a kilometer and a half long and
half a kilometer wide. The streets are decorated with
paper lanterns (farolillos)
and throughout the day you can see paseo
and carriage), caballistas(riders
on horseback) and elaborate wagons pulled by large
teams of horses (enganches
moving up and down the streets. And at any hour of the day
you can see women dressed in typical flamenco dresses (los trajes
and groups of people singing and dancing sevillanas.
Feria begins each year with the ceremony of the
lighting of the main portal to the Fair. They
call this the "ceremonia del alumbrado"
or lighting ceremony.Thousands and thousands of
lights are lit around the entrance (portada)
This year it begins on April 26 at 12 midnight, and
ends the following Sunday, May 2 at
12 midnight with firework display. The
dates of the April Fair depend on which dates
Holy Week falls, always beginning 3 weeks
Fair is almost a replica of the city of Sevilla, with
streets of albero (white and yellow colored
earth used in gardens of bull rings), lights, paper
lanterns, and the casetas, where the people of Sevilla and
thousands of visitors mix together in the happiest of
diversions: singing, dancing, eating and laughing.
from the morning the fair fills with people watching the
horse and carriages roll by (los coches
or the horseback riders in formal dress ( traje
carrying aboard the accompanying lady dressed in flamenco
dress, and others who invite you to join them in song or
dance creating a union of cultures and people with an
explosion of colors and aromas.
is typical to eat fried fish or pescaíto with a glass of
manzanilla o fino
to cool off from the heat that is present at this time of
year. Although you can also find las
tapas and other typical dishes such as paella.
the afternoon there are families walking by on their way
to treat their children to some sweets or to enjoy the fair
this is a city with a long bullfighting tradition,
there are of course bull fights every afternoon. There
are great numbers of people and important
figures of the bullfighting world attend. At 5 in
the afternoon all the fans are at the Maestranza
to watch the bull fight with 6 bulls.
the festival continues, the fair does not rest at
night and contains even more color light and
food and the sherry abound, mixed with the dancing and
sound of guitars; bewitching everything throughout the
night, which will not end until dawn when everyone begins
to retire in search of a cup of hot chocolate with the
typical churros before they rest for a few hours and
continue the next morning until the last Sunday of the