WATCH: Alternative Easter processions with emergency service vehicles on Spain’s Costa Almeria

THINKING: The council idea is to express solidarity with the municipal brotherhoods and to thank residents for staying at home. CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Adra

THE coronavirus crisis has forced the cancellation of all Spain’s Easter processions this year, but in Costa Almeria town Adra the local council has come up with an idea to ensure there is something of the essence of Holy Week on the town’s streets.

Particular Semana Santa en Adra 2020

📹 Esta particular Semana Santa 2020 en Adra ha comenzado 🚓🚐🚑🚐🟢. ¡Os esperamos en vuestras ventanas, terrazas y balcones!

Zveřejnil(a) Ayuntamiento de Adra dne Neděle 5. dubna 2020

A line of Local Police, Guardia Civil, Civil Protection and municipal service vehicles, along with ambulances from the health centre, are doing a nightly drive to the ‘Semana Santa’ stations of penance.

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The local authority said the idea was to express solidarity with the municipal brotherhoods and to thank residents for staying at home.

The vehicle processions are setting off from the entrance to the Inmaculada Concepcion parish church to the corresponding station of penance every evening at 8.15pm, along with the sounds of Easter playing from a megaphone.

The council is also emitting by megaphone at certain times in the morning and in the evening recordings of some of the most typical Easter band music which in normal events would accompany the brotherhoods’ processions of religious figures mounted on elaborately decorated platforms.

“There are many brotherhoods who throughout the year prepare for this celebration with a lot of effort and anticipation, and we didn’t want either them or the faithful to give up something which is in their blood,” Adra mayor Manuel Cortes commented.

“The health crisis we are living through can paralyse our lives in many respects, but it is within us to know how to turn it around and adapt, hence we wanted to find an option with which we could combine our duty as citizens, which is to stay at home, and enjoy this celebration so highly anticipated by many.”


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