Jávea Moors & Chris­tians

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Troughton

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.

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