SEVILLE: Feria de Abril - The April Fair

SPAIN, SEVILLE: The ‘Feria de April’, the April Fair, is Seville’s most important festival besides the Semana Santa, the Easter week. This feria also comes with a spectacular amusement park with all sorts of carousels, merry go rounds and roller coasters. Seeing women with their massive dresses on a modern fun fair is like being in a huge open air film set for some historical movie. A whole neighbourhood of the city gets turned into an enormous fair ground with hundreds of little casetas, huts, that usually belong to prominent families of Seville, groups of friends, clubs, trade associations and political parties. Already weeks before the start everybody talks of nothing else. Where to buy the most extravagant dress, to whose casetas one is invited. This is most important because you cannot enter just any caseta, you have to know one of the owners. Many women and men take Sevillana dance classes during winter to be prepared to dance this to the feria dedicated dance. The fair officially begins at midnight on a Monday, when the lights at the enormous especially for the feria constructed gate goes on, and runs six days, ending on the following Sunday.

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