Seville’s April Fair

Festivals are great. When I’m in another country, I love when there’s a festival. It’s a great way to get a taste of the local culture. People are in a fun mood. It’s nice to be outdoors. There’s always plenty of food, drink and music to be enjoyed.

That's why I wish I were in Seville, Spain right now. Tomorrow is the first day of their April Fair (Feria de Abril). This is a huge event in Seville, and this website is a great place to learn everything you could ever want to know about it.

I have never been to the Feria de Abril, but from what I’ve read, this fair has it all. There are all-night Flamenco parties. There is music and general revelry. There is a traditional parade of horses. (To be honest, the horse parade doesn’t look all that fun to me. But this does.)

Anyway, the focus of the festival really is the Flamenco. There are numerous Flamenco parties. There are various tents with people in full Flamenco costume doing the time-honored performance. The sound of clicking castanets must be everywhere. I have, in fact, seen a Flamenco show in Seville. It’s a very unique experience. There’s a lot of very intense hand-clapping, emotional shouting and singing, and dramatic dancing. I liked it.

In what sounds to me like the best aspect of the festival, they put up a tent city known as Real de la Feria on the south side of the Guadalquivir River. The area boasts more than a thousand brightly colored marquees, complete with decorations and paper lanterns, and it’s packed day and night with joyous revelers. I think this is where I would spend most of my time. As for refreshment, those in the know suggest a specialty of Seville called a rebujito, a chilled mixture of Manzanilla sherry and Sprite. Sounds delicious.

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