Granadilla de Abona recovers full normality to celebrate its patron. Among the thirty acts that it is already carrying out is the XLIV Pilgrimage of San Antonio de Padua, which will tour the main streets of the urban area on Sunday, at the end of the Eucharist (12:00 p.m.) that will be sung by the Parranda Chasnera. Parque Los Hinojoros will be the destination for this encounter with tradition. Hence, the organization asks to attend dressed in typical costume. There, the locals and visitors will dance to the sound of Tropin, Wamampy, Sensación Gomera and the group Una hora menos.
“The heart of the Historic Villa beats again with its festivities, an unavoidable event that will once again flood our town with color and joy and that invites us to coexist, meet and celebrate life, after the health crisis”, reflected the Mayor, José Domingo Regalado. “The galas, the concerts, the magicians’ dance, the fair and our pilgrimage, one of the oldest on the island, are back, and our groups and collectives recover the prominence they deserve,” said Eudita Mendoza, mayor of Fiestas.
At 6:00 p.m. today, Los Hinojoros will host the choice of the greater pilgrim. On the occasion of canaries day, there will be a tasting of typical products and the Verbena del Mayor, with music by Fernando Martí. The election of the queen will take place on Friday at 9:00 p.m., with performances by comedians Kike Pérez and Aarón Gómez, the Añate Cultural Association and singer Soraya Arnelas, as well as Kuliquitacas del Sur and Legacy Dance.
From the proclamation to the craft fair
The Plaza de San Antonio de Padua already hosted the reading of the proclamation, by Carmen Hernández, with which the main festivities began in honor of San Antonio de Padua and Our Lady of the Rosary, whose common thread this year is Granadilla, Villa de inheritances, our legacy, about the traditions and heritage of the place. Carmencita highlighted the importance of caring for these traditions, with special reference to the pilgrimage, in which she had a leading role, along with the Ifara folk group, when there were no pilgrimage celebrations in the South.
Sensations from the Field to the Table was the first gastronomic moment of the festivities. It brought together a large audience around tapas and wine tasting as well as workshops, one for the little ones –on creative cuisine for children– and another, a cooking show for adults, with market cuisine and wine tasting.
The XX Taifa Dance brought together more than a thousand people to enjoy the local cuisine and its own folklore, with a dozen groups participating. Two years of parenthesis did not subtract splendor. The same that is expected this Saturday (from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) in the XXXII Canarian Craft and Gastronomy Fair, in the square of San Antonio de Padua. In this context, the Artisan Granadilla award is given to Tomasa Zerpa Reyes.