By Alex Glenn • 24 August 2021 • 7:43
Los Coloraos celebrate their 197th anniversary in Almeria Credit: Pixabay
Los Coloraos celebrate their 197th anniversary in Spain’s Almeria.
Today August 24, Almeria is set to celebrate the 197th anniversary of the tribute to the Martyrs of Freedom. The event will be celebrated in a solemn manner and all coronavirus measures will be followed such as limited seating in the Plenary Hall. During the laying of the wreath at the Plaza Vieja safety distances will be maintained to prevent the spread of Covid 19.
Although the capacity of the event is limited this year, Almeria still wants to celebrate the anniversary with all possible solemnity. The mayor of Almeria has always been “very proud” that this tradition has been kept alive by the people of Almeria, in remembrance of the expedition known as ‘Los Coloraos’. The expedition landed in Almeria 197 years ago.
The speaker for the 2021 ‘Los Coloraos’ event will be Infantry Colonel Javier Angel Soriano, who was previously the sub-delegate of Defence for Almeria before he headed into the reserves.
This is the second year running that the tribute event will be modified to ensure that everyone is safe from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The event will start in the Salon de Plenos of the Casa Consistorial at 11.00 am and seating capacity will be limited as it will during the plenary sessions. During the tribute a traditional floral offering will be placed in front of the monument to ‘Los Coloraos’. Attendees will be treated to music by the municipal band which will play the anthems for Almeria, Andalucia and Spain too.
As reported La Voz de Almeria, “Not in vain, the mayor took the decision a few weeks ago to suspend the Almeria Fair 2021 and only those events where the capacity can be controlled are organised. Avoiding unnecessary crowds and risks in front of the COVID is one of the maxims of the Government Team for this week. ‘Because the health and lives of the people of Almeria are above all other considerations,’ stressed the councillor.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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