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La Salida de la Sardina

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 3 April 2012 in Documentary & Street.

We happen to coincide with the Fiesta of the Funeral of the Sardine. Led by the town band composed of children of all ages the Sardine progresses round the town. The band has a repertoire of four tunes, one of which is 'Roll put the Barrel' which they play with panache. The are accompanied by a hoard of men dressed as women. A couple of these spot me photographing them and rush over, grabbing me and forcing me to feel their firm breasts. Finally the procession reaches the beach in the centre of town where the poor sardine is burnt to the accompanying distraught wailing of the 'women'
Sorry about the quality but I thought the story worth telling :)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This is so full of hazards. To start with, you could get a liking for feeling firm breasts. Then, there's the question of men dressed as women . . So glad you reported this.

3 Apr 2012 7:42am

@Ronnie 2¢: :) I suspect Arlo would have enjoyed it

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Bet it's a good evening.

3 Apr 2012 7:58am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Looks like fun

3 Apr 2012 8:45am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I now understand it's the men dressed as women that caused the problem.
Real men KNOW how to barbecue fish!

3 Apr 2012 8:57am

@Curly: :) Yep burnt on the outside and raw in the middle

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Remarkable traditions people have in this world :)
As a real reporter you have done a great job here!

3 Apr 2012 9:31am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Great presentation of this event !

3 Apr 2012 10:32am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The funeral of the sardine ... ! Interesting collage of images grouser! ...

3 Apr 2012 10:52am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Ha ha - what the . . . ? What an odd festival. Great story-telling collage, Grouser!

3 Apr 2012 11:15am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

My oh my, I hope you weren't traumatized in any way. (thanks for this storyboard pictorial and your hilarious surrealist narration)

3 Apr 2012 11:49am

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

L'esprit de la fête rituelle règne ici en maître! Apparemment, ils aiment bien les sardines grillées au feu de bois!
Bonne journée lumineuse et chal-heureuse!

3 Apr 2012 1:23pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

This is what my town looked like last night where UK means the University of, National collegiate basketball champions...mayhem everywhere to the wee hours ; ] best…jf

3 Apr 2012 2:06pm

@ordinaryimages: but did any excited young transvestites make you feel their firm breasts? :)

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

It's a very interesting story and the pictures help tell it very well. Did their rush toward you make you think they were unhappy with your picture taking, or did they appear friendly as they approached?

3 Apr 2012 3:05pm

@Slackwater - Don: all good fun Don

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

heck of a story...sounds a bit late night Channel 4 if you ask me?):-

3 Apr 2012 4:02pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

You couldn't make it up!

3 Apr 2012 4:51pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

....... forcing me to feel their firm breasts I don't know what to say grouser, I have this mental picture of a public orgy. Hmm... I like sardines anyway.

3 Apr 2012 5:22pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

What the hell have you been drinking ?. ;>)

3 Apr 2012 5:39pm

Jaap from Heerenveen, Netherlands

Great story and excellent documented.

3 Apr 2012 6:06pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I'm with Michael ... I like sardines anyway, as well. This is really a funny story you've told in photos! ;D

3 Apr 2012 6:45pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Great to see, nice one

3 Apr 2012 9:43pm