Are you religious or culturally curious? Here is a 6-minute video of an interesting religious procession on the first day of advent in Spain. . . Church bells ring and the procession begins with a heavy statue of Mary on a float at the lead of a full marching band. There are about 50-penitent men under her, carrying her on their shoulders, walking slowly in unison, crisscrossing the old neighborhood’s narrow cobblestone streets.
This happens in Barrio San Miguel in Jerez de la Frontera, in Plaza San Miguel, right in front of the church.
It’s an interesting glimpse into Spanish religious tradition that for both children and adults. Our 4 and 7 year old kids love it, especially the processional marching bands.
We’re used to seeing religious processions here in Easter, during Semana Santa, when the streets would be filled with religious penitents, tourists and spectators throughout the day and night.
This time, it’s December! And it’s likely the one and only procession in the city center.
Make sure to turn up the volume to hear the marching music well!
We love this marching music. This one is less somber than the seemingly ceaseless processions during Easter week. ENJOY!
1′ (one minute mark): the lifting of the processional float of Mary
2’17”: uplifting music (full marching band) begins
4’10”: music winds down; wind section chimes in