The morning started well and strong, with the traditional cry of ‘Viva San Roquito’, as every August 16, one of the most anticipated days for Garachico, the region and the Island, given that the San Roque pilgrimage is one of the most popular and crowded. However, the party had to be suspended a few hours before its start due to the situation in the island’s mountains, affected by a fire that has not stopped growing.
“I feel very sad but it is the best decision that can be made,” announced the mayor, José Heriberto González, through his social networks.
The day began with the mass and procession of the pilgrims and the transfer of San Roque from the hermitage to the parish church of Santa Ana accompanied by a shower of roses from several balconies.
It was after the celebration of the high mass, when the parish priest confirmed the suspension of the event to the surprise of many of those present who did not know the force that the fire had taken.
In parallel, the Municipal Corporation and the Local Police moved to the lot where the carts were located, and transferred it to the carters among whom there was loud applause.
Hours later, and adapting to the situation, the Garachinquenses congregated at that point to enjoy, in a different way, a kind of static pilgrimage on the dirt esplanade located above the Ramos Arocha square, where the floats were, to eat, laugh and sing to the rhythm of carousing.
“It is not possible to know if the pilgrimage will be held at another time “because the fire is still active and it would be hasty to make any decision,” declared the Councilor for Fiestas, Andrés Hernández, who acknowledged that despite everything, “it is a holiday although the town is sad because San Roque is not in the streets”, he stressed.