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    Feria de Abril (April Fair)

    by virtualpatrick Updated May 31, 2013

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    People on their evening paseo at the Feria

    If there is only one time of the year to visit Spain, my choice would be during Seville's Feria de Abril (April Fair). It is a week long festival typically held 1 week after Easter (plus 1-2 days). In 2003 the dates for the Feria are April 29 - May 4; in 2004 April 26 - May 2. Future unconfirmed start dates: 2005 April 11; 2006 April 24.

    The Feria is a time for Sevillanos to reflect on traditional culture and the beginning of spring. This can only mean ... dancing the flamenco and sevillana, bullfighting, and ... par-teee (I'm no Brooke Burke but this sounds like a Wild On! intro on E! tv).

    At the Feria, there are literally hundreds and hundreds of casetas. The casetas are primarily private tents where family and invited friends can party, drink, and dance the Sevillana. Private tents mean non-stop celebrations 24/7 ;-)

    I visited Seville during the Feria in 2002. I was a tourist from the outside looking in at the casetas. Oh how I long to be in a caseta celebrating with a beautiful dark-haired, olive-skinned Sevillana. Her hand gestures gracefully through the air as she shows me the sevillanas. I struggle as I have had several glasses of Sherry but her smile persuades me to keep on trying ... oblivous to the whole world around us .... {sorry got carried away writing my daydreams :-) }

    For info about the Feria:
    www.andalucia.com/festival/seville-feria.htm
    www.spanish-fiestas.com/festivals/feria-de-abril/

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    FERIA DE ABRIL, GASTRONOMY....

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    FERIA DE ABRIL IN SEVILLE....

    GASTRONOMY.

    During the Fair food plays an important role.
    Cold pork goods such as cured ham and sausages are served as well as seafood.

    In the afternoon each "caseta" usually serves stews sich as chick peas with spinach or even meat in tomato sauce and much more...

    On MONDAY evening the Fair is officially opened and this is called the "alumbrao" and the members of "casetas" get together to have fried fish for dinner.

    During the Fair thousands of litres of Sherry and Manzanilla wine are consumed as well as the popular "rebujito".

    A mug of broth is good at any time and before leaving "bunuelos" and hot chocolate make a perfect end...

    to be contunued in the next TIP.....

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    FERIA DE ABRIL : THE GYPSY DRESS.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    FERIA DE ABRIL IN SEVILLE....

    THE GYPSY DRESS....

    At day time women and girls usually go to the fair dressed in their traditional gypsy or flamenco dress.

    This regional dress is inspired in those worn by the wives of muleteers in the old cattle trade Fair.
    It is the only Spanish regional dress which follows fashion and therefore changes according to trends every year.

    It is usual to see different models during the week of the Fair.

    Dresses and their complements can be bought or rented in several shops in the city.

    In the evening it is more common to wear informal clothes with a Manila shawl..

    to be continued in the next TIP....

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    April Fair

    by rodsdispatches Written May 27, 2009

    Other cities have more openings for tourists to participate, Jerez for one, but Seville has the biggest fair in Andalucia. While almost all the tents are closed to outsiders, a friendly outgoing attempt can get you some new friends - and inside for drinks, food and lots of dancing.

    Be sure to see both the late afternoon horseflesh - which parades around for a few hours and leaves at 8PM. The cleanup crews take about an hour to make the streets free of droppings, and then the dresses show up as do the night time parties - which go on until dawn (or so I was told as I faded at 3AM). Friday and Sat. nite are the wildest but the last day, Sunday is pretty dead as all those Sevillanos have to go to work on Monday.

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    by Martin_S. Written Jul 30, 2008
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    As with the women dressed up in the traditional dresses, so were the men and women riding the horses and the carriage drivers....all dressed to a "T". There was a certain way that the men for instance held their arm at a certain angle with the hand resting on their thigh, the hat tipped just so...aside from being a Feria (fair) it was also a chance for these people to "strutt their stuff" and show you how it is done. Another thing that I noticed was that everyone riding was totally serious, not a smile in the place, the riders were taking their part VERY seriously.

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    Feria de Abril, Traditional Dresses 3

    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 30, 2008
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    Probably the most difficult thing about the Feria de Abril is deciding where to look next and what to photograph, there is just SO MUCH....every step you took presented another fair goer in a traditional dress, or an entire family dressed to show off....

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    Feria de Abril, horses and carriages 2

    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 15, 2008
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    These proud riders with the women riding sidesaddle behind them can be found throughout the Feria de Abril. The attention to the smallest detail in their dress and actions make them a piece of living history on the streets. Notice for instance in the first photo the tail of the horse, in this case it is done in a type of braid. In the second photo you see a man and woman, both in this instance in the more male riding attire and the wide brimmed hats.
    As you can see in the third photo the riders and their horses are right among the people on the streets and not seperated by any type of divider and they do very much enjoy seeing you appreciate them and photographing them. Like in the fourth photo each rider had a traditional "blanket" draped over the front of his/her saddle. The last photo shows a mother and ther two girls stopping for a drink, the mother in skirt and riding sidesaddle.

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    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 15, 2008
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    You will be surrounded by traditionally dressed women long before you arrive at the Feria de Abril grounds. They make the streets of Sevilla into a color fest. I have included only a few of the many photos that we took on this day...what is apparent is that aside from the men who are on horseback or driving carriages, very few dress up as the women do. But the women more than make up for it. They come in all colors and patterns, from the polka dot to the stripe or the floral, even solid colors...what is for sure is that your eye will be fully occupied trying to take it all in.

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    Scenes around the Feria de Abril

    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 15, 2008
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    The first photo shows one of the Caseta's that is public, or rather open to the public. You can enter and purchase food and drink and if you are lucky even find a place to sit, but as you might imagine it is VERY crowded since you are not the only one enjoying yourself.
    The second photo shows the line of Caseta's and the strings of lights that are usually covered in a paper lantern type design. These were all stripped of their coverings two days before in a spring rain storm.
    The third photo shows a group of people who just got up on the small stage in the public Caseta and began to do a flamenco dance to the music.
    The last photo shows a group of small children who were also getting into the dress up act.

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    Feria de Abril Horses and Carriages

    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 8, 2008
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    One of the things that seem to be true of the people of Sevilla is that they begin to celebrate their Feira de Abril even BEFORE they arrive at the fair grounds. The first three photos show carriages being driven through the streets of the town on their way to the fair, not AT THE FAIR, but on the way, in the main parts of the town....
    The other two photos show some of the horses and carriages that paraded around the fair grounds for several hours while we were there. There were dozens, each decked out in their best bridles and many with flowers added. They were the perfect way to show off the traditional dress of the men, women and children taking part in the Feira de Abril.
    This is one celebration that I would NOT want to miss.

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    Feria de Abril traditional dresses 1

    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 1, 2008

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    The traditional dress for both men and women is everything here at the Feria de Abril. I read that every year the styles change at the Seville fair, new patterns, colours and dramtically different cuts in the traditional flamenco style dresses. Also the suits you see on those attending the fair on horseback also evolve with very strict guidelines, for instance I read that you should NOT wear sunglasses.

    The original purpose of the fair was to buy and sell animals. Over time, the peasant dresses had more and more ruffles added and a sexier cut, it for sure creates a dramatic effect walking down the street. This "Gypsies Outfit" became like a symbol of the fair.

    You will find them in all shapes and sizes, from solids to flower prints with polka dots of all colors, one complimenting or offsetting another. Groups of women bring to mind a convention of what looks like birds of paradise with all their color brought out.

    A bit of Vocabulary for the fair:
    Albero: this is the typical yellow colored earth which they use to cover the Feira area.
    Alumbrado: This is the thousands of light bulbs lighting the streets of the Feira.
    Calle del Infierno: Amusement park adjoining the Feira. Yes Infeirno means Hell, so visit Hell.
    Catavinos: Small glass used to measure the amount of Manzanilla or Fino to be served.
    Farolillo: Paper lanterns of red, white or greeen decorating the streets of the Feira.
    Fino: Dry sherry from Jerez.
    Manzanilla: Dry sherry from Sanlucar de Barrameda.
    Paseo de Caballo: The route of the carriages and riders.
    Portada: Main entrance to the Fiera.
    Real de la Feria: Area of the Fiera, take a ride on the ferris wheel at the Calle del Infierno to see it all.
    Tablao: Wooden stage used for dancing.
    Traje de Flamenca or de Gitana: Traditional dresses.

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    The Magic of the Feria

    by fairy_dust Written Jul 2, 2007

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    I had wanted to experience the April Fair for years and when I went to Seville in spring of 2007, I finally did! The magic appeared with the lighting of the portada (opening gate) at midnight on Monday night/Tuesday morning. Then, for the rest of the week, I wore a flamenco dress, drank sherry, danced Sevillanas, watched horse-drawn carriages going back and forth in the fairground streets, and had a great time. Every day at the feria brought new surprises, and it ended up being one of my favorite weeks of my stay in Seville.

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    At last! up all night with the Sevillians!

    by angiebabe Written Jun 28, 2006

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    I love to attend events especially festivals that are regarded as particularly special to the locality - and its a sense of achievement i get when i can tick in the checklist in my mind maybe similar to the '1000 things to do before you die' idea.

    The Feria de Abril, ie the April Fair of Seville, one of the two great festivals of Seville - the other being the solemn Semana Santa at Easter 2 weeks prior - and an opportunity to don finery and party for 6 days.
    I was reassured that arriving at midnight is not a problem - try and get there before the football finishes as then everyone will be headed for the Fair! i arrived at about midnight along with a great influx of spaniards to join the venure that appeared to already have thousands of people!!

    And most of the women from young young girls to elderly women were in an array of flamenco finery, in a diverse range of bright colours complete with immaculate hair and flower.

    Hectic! there must have been at least 30,000 people through the large site in the area of Barrio of Los Remedios right through to when i had to leave them and go sleep for a bit about 5am.

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    Sevillan partying...

    by sourire76 Written May 15, 2006

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    Well if you're not a sevillan or invited by a sevillan you wont have to do at the Feria Abril than watching.
    Indeed all the little houses gathered there are private places for communities, fraternities, associations...
    We end up in the Churrerria places which was the rare public thing were we eat the famous and delicious Churros with a glass of hot chocolate.

    The sevilla bus compagny set an entire bus service who brings everyone to the feria place for just 1 euro in less than 5 minutes.

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    April Festival - Feria de Abril

    by smschley Updated Mar 25, 2005

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    The fair is officially opened on Monday at midnight, normally 2 weeks after Semana Santa (Holy Week), the festival that presents the Passion of Christ. Originally it was just a cattle-market, however, in a few years time the local people managed to change the character of the fair into something more festive. The grand opening is "El Alumbrado" (the lighting)which begins every year with the official lighting of the lanterns where half a million little lights are turned on at once, especially at the main gate.

    The Seville fair is located just out of the city center. Innumerable temporary “houses”, known as casetas, are built on the terrain and decorated with colorful lamps. The “casetas” are made of a metal base and then covered with a green or red pin-striped canvas, each stripe about 10 cm. wide.

    The main entrance gate is a huge temporary cardboard monument that each year resembles one of the city's prominent buildings or sites and the streets are lit by hundreds of thousands of light bulbs and lanterns. The inside of the tents are divided into three parts, usually separated by curtains. The first is the noble part which can not have advertising and is usually decorated by the tenants. The decoration should camouflage the second part. The floor is generally made of wooden planks. In the noble part a floor is set up suited for dancing.

    In the morning the landowners on horses or in horse-coaches arrive dressed in the typical "traje corto" (Andalusian country worker suit). In the afternoon the parade of carts and horses begin and then the party begins, complete with Flamenco, Tapas (small Andalusia snacks) and sherry-wine in each Caseta that lasts all night long. This is repeated day by day during the entire week. The women and girls dress in the typical flamenca dresses and can be seen dancing Sevillanas (a specific version of the flamenco dance). During this same week take place as well the most important bullfights in town. The end comes with a fireworks display the following Sunday, again, at midnight.

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