Photos from Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain, 2004
first of all, any city whose mascot is a bat is not to be messed with...
there are all kinds of Fallas--evil clowns, cartoony dragons, movies,
detail shot of my favorite one; remember, this is 40-foot-tall papier
the same one, other side
same one, burning
firemen soaking the nearby buildings to prevent the whole city going
up in flames
even outside the Fallas fires, the sidewalks are scorched into Miros
and Pollocks by kids' fireworks
the other part of Las Fallas is not about fire, but about flowers
...specifically, they are both offerings to Mary and her monument itself.
they're brought in parades from all the neighborhoods of the city, by
the Falleras & Falleros
on the street garbage and roses mingle