Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Passion Parade

Down the cobbled streets, a parade of penitents ("cucuruchos") in purple robes and purples hoods with white gloves passed by in a procession.  They carried long wooden crosses with pictures of the stages of The Passion.  The fading light was darkened further by plumes of incense emanating from silver holders being swung intermittently, lofting the frankincense to the ever-darkening night sky.

In the streets, colorful floral designs were created.  Patterns of white lilies on long green grass backdrops.  There was a rose petal Heart of Mary lined in white pistil strands and ringed with purple flowers.

Intermittently, phalanxes of Roman Legions with armor marched to drum and horn.

The piece d'resistance slowly made its way past: an enormous Passion Play diorama borne on the backs of a hundred young men, slowly passing to the sound of the band's crescendo behind them--a wailing dirge of horns, trumpets, trombones and drums.

A team of reconnaissance penitents led the procession with giant wooden eagles atop spears to moves the power lines out of the way of the procession.

Not far behind, a hundred young women in black bore a giant float of the Virgin Mary on their backs, while the processional band followed them.

And I was the only Hebrew around....

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