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"Cascamorras"

  • Crowds of people greet the character of Cascamorras with paint and water in Guadix, Granada province © EFE

    Crowds of people greet the character of Cascamorras with paint and water in Guadix, Granada province © EFE

  

Category

Festivity of International Tourist Interest

Dates

Sep 6, 2018 to Sep 9, 2018
Granada, Andalusia
Granada

The "Cascamorras", a character reminiscent of medieval jongleurs, comes up against the inhabitants of Baza and Guadix in a traditional and harmless battle.

In September, Guadix and Baza, in the province of Granada, live one of the most long-awaited moments of the year: the "Cascamorras". This fiesta dates back to the Middle Ages, and the appearance of the statue of the Virgen de la Piedad, which made enemies of the two towns. In the end, the statue remained in Baza. To celebrate this, each 6 September, the "Cascamorras", a clown dressed in special clothes, makes his way from Guadix to Baza, aiming to carry away the statue of the Virgen de la Piedad. Meanwhile, Baza residents try and stop him by throwing paint and generally taking it out on him in lively runs through the streets of the town. On 9 September, having failed in his objective, the "Cascamorras" heads back to Guadix without the highly-prized statue, making the locals there angry, which leads to more throwing of paint.

Between one run and the next, the Cascamorras makes various rest stops, and on the way he lifts the flag of the Virgen de la Piedad above the heads of the people around him who get down on their knees. Besides the paint throwing, another vital element in this fiesta, which is more than five hundred years old, is water, which refreshes participants as they chase him.

  

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