Thousands turn out for Benidorm's patron saint

MAJOR PARADE: Marching bands took to the streets.

Benidorm’s major annual fiestas got under way, with thousands turning out to celebrate the 275th anniversary of the discovery of its patron saint, the Virgen de Suffrage.

The festival is gaining special recognition from the tourist board in Valencia for its cultural, historical and traditional values. It kicked off with a fireworks’ display, attended by thousands of residents and tourists as well as Mayor Toni Perez, with religious and recreational events throughout the week.

Parades, marching bands and extravagant street decorations mark the occasion, which celebrates historical events from 1740, when a group of children found the virgin’s image among the ashes of a boat on the beach, which had been set on fire for fear of being infected with cholera. 

On Thursday November 12, it was the turn of the expat community, who each year organise a fancy dress parade. An incredibly popular attraction, around 30,000 people turned out in 2014, with even more expected this year. A spectacular day of fun, colour and an amazing atmosphere, it started at midday in the British square area of Benidorm.

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