Let’s go flamenco
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.