UNOFFICIAL TRADITION: Benidorm’s Fancy Dress Day parade Photo credit: Benidorm town hall

AROUND 35,000 people dressed up for Benidorm’s fancy dress day, now an important date in the town´s tourist calendar and the increasingly popular follow-up to the official town fiestas.
The tradition goes back more than 20 years, when Manolo from Sinatra’s used to offer a free drink to anyone who dressed up on the Thursday after the fiestas.
This would no longer be feasible as an estimated 35,000 people dressed up for the annual ritual, including not only British visitors and residents but other nationalities who visit Benidorm specifically for Fancy Dress Day.

UNOFFICIAL TRADITION: 35,000 attended Benidorm’s Fancy Dress Day parade
Photo credit: Benidorm town hall

Thirty-five restaurants and hotels along The Strip in the Rincon de Loix, also known in Spanish as The English Zone, joined in the celebrations, offering mammoth paellas, music and entertainment.
There were more than 20 floats in this year’s parade which set off from Calle Lepanto on a route through the Rincon de Loix streets that was longer than in previous years.
A few drops of rain during the parade did not spoil the party atmosphere and the day went off with relatively calmly and with few incidents.
Nevertheless, the town hall announced beforehand that a Red Cross ambulance would be at hand with extra members of the Policia Local, Policia Nacional and Proteccion Civil on duty throughout the day.

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