MOJACAR’S annual San Augustin fiesta proved to be a great success once again, especially for local hotels and businesses, the council reported.
An extensive programme of events staged over the five days of the fiesta attracted thousands of local residents and visitors of all ages,
The daily midday fair, a meeting point for everyone, set the mood for the fun that lay ahead until dawn. Tasty tapas, music and dancing got the party atmosphere off to an early start.
There were plenty of sporting and indoor competitions on the agenda, including a friendly football match between Mojacar and Garrucha, the traditional San Agustin race, online games and an Americana assault course for youngsters.
The more traditional fiesta events grow more popular every year with an increased number taking part in horseback ribbon races, which have a history going back over 200 years, and children’s bicycle ribbon races.
One of the fiesta highlights was the procession with water and floral offerings from the public fountain to the Santa Maria parish church.
Women and children wearing multi-coloured flamenco outfits or typical Mojacar costume made their way up the hill to the historic village centre carrying water jugs and hundreds of flowers to lay at the saint’s feet in thanks for the blessing of the fountain, a lifeline for the village for centuries.
The fiesta closed with a mass in honour of San Agustin followed by a procession through the village streets with the faithful following a figure of the saint carried on men’s shoulders.