Hundreds of people passed through Mojacar pueblo last weekend, May 20 to 22, to enjoy the floral displays and events of the ‘Indalos de Mayo’ fiesta.
The whole village looked spectacular with floral displays both real and crafted adorning doors, windows and balconies of homes and businesses. Visitors were invited to discover the eight ‘Indalo men’ located in different parts of the village, each standing around three metres high. The Indalo man is a local symbol of the area.
Each Indalo man was created using ironwork dressed with hundreds of colourful carnations, each in a different colour scheme. To encourage locals and visitors to get involved in the floral fun, the framework was only partly filled with flowers and members of the public were invited to finish them off, using flowers handed out at local businesses or bought from flower stands.
The weekend began on Friday at midday with the opening of the festival, followed by a fashion show of flamenco dresses. On Saturday afternoon the little ‘Mojaqueras’ (local children) paraded into the main square dressed in delightful costumes and carrying flowers, accompanied by the school band. Women dressed in typical local costumes accompanied by the Rociera Choir and the municipal band also paraded through the streets inviting visitors to take part in the party.
The children later made a flower offering to the Indalo man in the cave of Mariquita la Posa. Visitors enjoyed a fantastic dance and music show late into the evening, performed by the Coro Rocio, Francesca Girone and other artists. Sunday, the final day, was dedicated to the children, with games, music and a bouncy castle.
The fiesta was organised by the Mojacar Pueblo Business Association, in collaboration with the Mojacar Council.