La Orotava recovers the next month of June all the acts of its traditional festivals of the Corpus Christi and San Isidro Labrador which, according to the estimates of the local government (CC), will bring together some 200,000 people in the town in its most anticipated acts: the concert of The Sabandeñosthe presentation of the new wine harvest, the day of the carpets, the dance of magicians, the ascent of the patron saints and the massive pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza. the village mayor, Francisco Linares (CC)announced that the Consistory will invest about 600,000 euros in the organization of more than a hundred events for 47 days, which it hopes will generate an economic return of “about 5 million euros.”
Linares considers that recovering the fiestas, after two years of stoppage forced by the pandemic, “it will be an oxygen balloon for the deep crisis that many businesses have suffered”, in addition to becoming “the prelude to the recovery of all the parties in our neighborhoods during next summer”. He insisted that the festivities “they are not an expense, but an investment”in addition to responding “to the need that the municipality has to celebrate its traditions and enjoy so many meetings.”
The Mayor of Villero recalled that these parties have had to be organized in just a month and a half, “because initially it was not planned that we would celebrate them. It has been a huge job to recover all the acts of our festive tradition». The patron saint festivities will officially begin tomorrow, with the festivity of San Isidro Labrador. They will last 47 days in which more than a hundred acts will take place until June 27, when they will say goodbye with a new edition of the long-awaited Battle of Polkas, the day after the return of the pilgrimage in honor of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza.
The program of events and the poster were presented on the morning of this Friday, May 13, in the Plenary Hall of the City Council. Participated the Councilor for Fiestas, Alexis Pacheco (CC); the parish priest of the Church of La Concepción, Honorio Campos; the representative of the Joint Commission, Angel Benito Rodriguezand the author of the poster, Damian Rodriguez. Pacheco highlighted the main details of the extensive program with a hundred religious, recreational, cultural, artistic, traditional and sports events, with milestones such as the Sacred Concert for La Paz (May 21) in the Church of San Agustín; the Cultural Week for the Elderly, which will begin with the election of the Pilgrimage for the Elderly (May 23); the folkloric festival of Oroval Pueblo a Pueblo (May 27); Margullando Tierra Adentro, from the Higa Group (June 4); the Comer y Cantar festival, of the Parranda Villera (June 5); the Oil Lamp Dance, organized by Támbara (June 11), or the Magec Festival (June 17).
The Queen’s Election Gala will be on Saturday, June 11 in the Plaza Franchy Alfaro, counting in this edition with 22 candidates who will participate on behalf of the different neighborhoods and groups. The election of the Romera Mayor will be on Saturday, June 18, at the Liceo de Taoro, and that same day there will be Corpus Christi in Santo Domingo. On June 19, the Corpus Christi of San Juan and La Perdoma will be celebrated, and at night, in Franchy Alfaro Square, a festival of soloists will take place in which renowned voices of Canarian music will participate, such as Besay Pérez, Javier Hernández, Iván Quintana, José Santana or M. Carmen Encinoso.
Plaza Franchy Alfaro hosts, starting at 9:30 p.m., the traditional recital Los Sabandeños.
Mercedes Pinto Avenue hosts, from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., the presentation of the wine harvest from the Orotava Valley.
The streets of the historic center will once again host 35 flower carpets.
The popular Magician’s Ball returns at 9:00 p.m. on different stages such as the Plaza del V Centenario.
Livestock Fair from 11:00 am and, from 8:00 pm, Rise of the Patron Saints.
The Liceo Taoro organizes a new edition of the pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza, starting at 1:30 p.m.
The Battle of Polkas is held in the Franchy Alfaro square at 9:30 p.m.
The most awaited week for the Orotavenses begins on Monday, June 20 with the traditional recital of Los Sabandeños in the Franchy Alfaro Square; continues on Tuesday 21 with the reading of the proclamation, this year by the journalist Agustín M. González Martín, and on Wednesday 22 June with the presentation of the 2021 Wine Harvest of the Valle de La Orotava Denomination of Origin, which will become to take place on Mercedes Pinto Avenue. Advance sales will be made the days before by the Regulatory Council, in the Dona Chana Cultural Park.
the big day of La Orotava it is Carpet Thursday, day of the Infraoctave of Corpus Christi (June 23). It starts at 7:00 a.m. with the ringing of bells, and the celebration of the Eucharist of the carpet makers, to proceed later with the making of the 35 floral tapestries through the streets of the town. Throughout the day, thousands of people will visit the Villa to contemplate the flower carpets and the magnificent tapestry in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, made with sand from the Teide National Park and, this year, also with ashes from the La Palma volcano. The program is completed by the magicians’ dance, on Friday June 24, with four different spaces; the cattle fair, the ascent of the Patron Saints and the concert of Son 21, on Saturday 25, and on Sunday 26 the great and long-awaited pilgrimage will take place.