Jávea Moors & Christians
THE spectacular Moors and Christians festival in Javea Port starts tomorrow, Satur
day, July 14, and culminates in a series of dramatic noisy battles on the beach and colourful street parades.
It is an annual celebration in honour of San Jaime (Saint James) but also remembers the long historic struggle between the two faiths for control of Iberia.
Last year a new castle was unveiled, the fortification in Paseo Jaime I again plays centre stage in the symbolic invasion and reconquest.
The two sides – represented by the Moorish and Christian associations known as ‘filaes’ wear magnificent and imaginative costumes – and their numbers are increased during parades by groups representing the pirates that used to raid the coast; although the buccaneer dress is more in line with Captain Hook than historical reality.
Highlights of the programme are:
Saturday, July 14
21.00: Parade through the streets collecting representatives of the filaes, when it reaches Avenida Jaime I the fiesta lights will be switched on with fireworks.
22.00: Presentation of the Moors and Christians 2018 in Paseo Jaime I, followed by a mobile disco until 03.30.
Sunday, July 15
20.30: Performance of Moors and Christian music by the centre Musical de Xabia in Calle Sevilla.
Monday, July 16
21.00: Visit to the Arenal beach by the ‘filaes’ for a parade along Paseo David Ferrer.
Tuesday, July 17
20.00: Visit to the old town with a parade of the ‘filaes’.
Wednesday, July 18
09.30: Food collection in aid of charity Caritas at Mas y Mas supermarket until 14.00.
20.45: The offering of flowers, with a parade through the port finishing at the parish church
Thursday, July 19
21.00: Deployment of the Christian troops on La Grava beach to face the Moorish forces’ invasion.
21.30: Landing of the Moorish army on the beach with loud firing of guns.
22.00: Ddiplomatic discussions and the surrender of the castle to the Moors.
00.00: ‘Batukada’ drum parade with Grupo Katuba.
Friday, July 20
11.00: Children’s Moors and Christians parade along Calle Pio X and Calle Santisimo Cristo.
17.00: Valencian ‘pilota’ tournament in Calle Virgen de Loreto.
21.00: Gun battle between Moors and Christian troops on La Grava beach.
21.30: Ddiplomatic discussion and the reconquest of the castle by the Christian forces.
23.30: Open air disco in both Paseo La Grava, and in Called R Fleming and Calle Virgen de Loreto; both until 03.30.
00.00: Live music in Calle Manuel Bordes Valls until 03.30.
Saturday, July 21
19.30: Entrance of the musical bands
20.30: Gala parade of the Moors, Christian and Pirate filaes.
23.30: Open air disco in Calle Sevilla offering the sounds of the 80s and 90s until 04.00.
00.30: ‘Correfocs’ or running fire, street fireworks in Calle Antoni Llido, Calle Mare de Deu de Loreto and Paseo Jaime I.
Sunday, July 22
12.00: Celebration of solemn mass in honour of San Jaime.
19.00: Entrance of the musical bands, who will gather in Paseo Jaime I.
20.00: Gala parade, followed by a firework display on La Grava beach.