|This won first prize|
After walking around for a little while we headed over to a main plaza to see the "Mascaleta"a which is an explosive display of ear ringing proportions. At 2pm every day there is a coridinated firecracker and firworkes show. The last day is supposed to be the most intense and I believe it. There was a solid 5 minutes of loud firecrackers with smoke billowing into the crowds. Shortly after fireworks accompanied the loud bands for another few minutes. By the end of the show the sun was hidden behind a large thick cloud of smoke. We were advised to keep our mouths open during the show since we were so close so you could let the sound and vibrations pass through you easier. The video below had the event pretty well documented. I couldn't belive how loud and the amount of time it lasted.
|She is a dirty one|
|2pm during the Mascleta|
|Shortly after the Mascleta|
|Main drag with shops|
The smoke from the fireworks and the parade were so bad. Luckily we had the knowledge to buy some scarfs to cover our faces while we were being blasted with sparks and smoke.
As we walked around some of the smaller statues were being burned. We made our way to a large statue about 30 minutes before midnight to watch burn .
It was one of the most insane things I have ever witnessed. I didn't picture the festival to play out this way. I imagined large statues that they had in town and moved outside of town in a large field to burn safely, away from humans and buildings. Spain doesn't roll like that. They had these 40 foot statues smack dab in the middle of the intersections surrounded by firemen who drenched the buildings with water as the statues burned. We were a solid 100 feet back and could feel the heat. I would highly recommend watching the video below to see how massive this burn was.
I would love to see this event from a helicopter. I imagine it looks like a city under terror. There are hundreds of statues in all the intersections that get burned at once.