Let’s go fla­menco

McIvor Times - - FRONT PAGE - By VIVIENNE DUCK

Heath­cote kicked up its heels on the week­end when the an­nual three­day El Ro­cio fes­ti­val took over the town. Span­ish horses, tra­di­tional clothes and carts dec­o­rated with flow­ers were on show as well as this demon­stra­tion of fla­menco danc­ing on Sun­day at the Heath­cote RSL.

HEATH­COTE said ‘Hola’ for the sixth year on the week­end.

A spe­cial blend of Span­ish mu­sic and colour flooded the streets for the an­nual three-day El Ro­cio fes­ti­val.

The crowd, of over 100, made their way around town on Fri­day for the first and longest of three pil­grim­ages.

Span­ish horses, tra­di­tional clothes and carts dec­o­rated with flow­ers were all seen walk­ing around Heath­cote streets.

El Ro­cio Span­ish Fes­ti­val sec­re­tary Leni Car­rion said it was a great suc­cess.

‘‘It went beau­ti­fully. It was such a great week­end,’’ she said.

‘‘We were up on at­ten­dance and the weather was fan­tas­tic — un­like Mel­bourne.’’

Sun­day morn­ing saw the fes­ti­val-go­ers gather at Mary Help of Chris­tians Church for a tra­di­tional Span­ish Catholic mass ahead of the bless­ing of the pil­grim­age.

Tif­fany Ayres and her horse, Ro­manzo, Josie Urib­arri, Carmina Blanco, Teresa De Fazio and Joy Ayres en­joy the Span­ish fes­ti­val in Heath­cote on the week­end.

Teresa De Fazio and Teresa Martinez im­merse them­selves in Span­ish cul­ture.

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