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Santa Pola Fiesta Virgen del Carmen

Santa Pola is a busy fishing port, so the Fiesta of the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm. The 2017 fiesta starts on Saturday 8th July and continues until Sunday 16th, the actual saints day for Ntra Senora del Carmen. The programme in English is:
 
Saturday 8th July
10:30 Traditional Grilled Sardines, beer and wine at the fishing port, next to fish market (La Lonja).
 
Friday 14th July
21:30 Serenade to the Virgen del Carmen in front of the Capilla de Virgen del Carmen beside the port.
 
Saturday 15th July
21:00 Flower Offering Parade with the Fiesta Queens, Banda Unión Musical de Santa Pola and other dignitaries from the Glorieta along calle Muelle, to the Capilla of the Virgen del Carmen , where the offering will take place. This is followed by a performance by the dance group Sal Marinera, accompanied by the Rondalla and Los Romeros groups.
 
Sunday 16th July
08:30 Presentation of a plaque in honour of all the retired sailors at the Capilla of the Virgen del Carmen.
09:00 Solemn Mass in front of the Capilla of the Virgen del Carmen, accompanied by the Romeros group. After the Mass the dignitaries and Banda Unión Musical de Santa Pola will parade to the harbour where wreaths will laid on the water in memory of sailors who have lost their lives at sea.
21:00 Solemn Procession of Virgen del Carmen from the Capilla to the fishing port accompanied by the Coral Levantina Santapolera.
23:30 Fireworks display on the Levante beach ending the festivities.