Schoolchildren parade through the streets of Valls in their act of Santa Úrsula
It was his biggest day. The one in which the streets of Valls are filled with schoolchildren from the different educational centers and who, with their bestiary, figures and also the twelve recently released dwarfs, become the protagonists of the Santa Úrsula Fair.
Today, Friday, in three groups, they walked through the streets to concentrate on the Plaza del Pati, where there was a big party, which ended with the festivity at the monument to the casteller, a symbolic act that kicked off the celebration.
The 22nd School and Children's Bestiary Exhibition is an excuse for all schoolchildren and students to actively participate in the party. Divided into three groups, each one left from a different place: the Paseos de los Capuchinos and the Estación and Plaza del Portal Nou.
From the start and until practically the end of the Pati act, the rain was present. But a water that at no time made the young people faint. Of course, some had to protect the figures with plastic.
Also protagonists of the parade are the twelve figures of dwarfs that were premiered by the Decennals and that correspond to twelve illustrious Vallencs characters, from the aviator Dolors Vives Rodon to the painter Josep Maria Tost Farré, passing through the Maria Felipa Español Coll library -to whom tomorrow A tribute will be paid to the Popular Library – or Francesca Ysern Gelambí, the head nurse of the Hospital de Sang de Valls.
But they were not alone. There were all kinds of beasts and figures –not only from schools but also from entities–, from fireflies –in the Chinese style– to an octopus, calçots with legs, different dances, giants or the Small Basilisk.
There was no lack of choreographies by groups of children with the same clothing –including parents–. All in the middle of a party that from outside the urban center approached the center, passing through many streets of the historic center.
Finally, in the Plaza del Pati, all the participating entities received the accreditation diploma. For their part, the twelve dwarfs gave a dance, which was followed by another two by the other beasts and pieces present in the square. And finally the Aligueta danced.
The mayor, Dolors Farré, thanked the participating centers for their participation and gave way to "the act that kicks off the Santa Úrsula Fair."
The journalist Santi Terraza recalled that “the great event in the human tower world is this weekend. There are very important actions, very mediatic. But there is none as important as Santa Úrsula». He indicated that in the courtyard square, the grandparents and great-great-grandparents already made castles, some like those that have been seen in recent years.
He also pointed out that it seemed to be a tradition to rain, as it has done in many of the last years.
Next, the ceremonial act of the enfajada at the monument sculpted by Josep Busquets.
The two leaders of the group, Pere Rico and Albert Martínez, from Joves and Vella, respectively, took the sash – which bears the date and this year's logo – and placed it on the waist of the human tower. And so it will stay until tomorrow, when the cartoonist Pilarín Bayés is going to proceed to remove it.
Saturday morning minutes
me Santa Ursula Market. Paseo del Presidente del Tarradellas (from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
me We talked about castles and science. Plaza del Museo Casteller de Catalunya (10:30 a.m.)
me Gathering of the day of Santa Úrsula. Plaza del Museo Casteller de Catalunya (12:30 p.m.)
me Vermouth concert with Corrandes Son Corrandes. Plaza del Museo Casteller de Catalunya (13 hours)
me Scoundrel Fair. Plaza del Quarter (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
me Concentration of stick dances. Sant Francesc Square (11:15 a.m.)
me Parade of stick dances. From Plaça de Sant Francesc (11:30 a.m.)
me Showing off of the guest cane dances and the Cannes de Valls Ball. The Patio (12:30 p.m.)
me Reception at the Ursulas. Town Hall (11:30 a.m.)
me Trileyo of bells of the eve of Santa Úrsula. From the bell tower of San Juan (12 hours)
me Ignition of 21 mortars. City Hall (simultaneously)
me Santa Úrsula eve turnaround with the city's giants. From Plaça del Blat (below)
me Gerard Furest presents the irreverent decalogue for the Catalan's defense Garlic Square (12 hours)
me Vermouth concert 50 years of hockey in Valls with performances by Maria Jacobs and Figaflawas. Mas Miquel Auditorium (12 hours)
me 10th Correbous. Planted oxen. Zeta Square (12 hours)
me Show off dance. 2Zeta Square (12 hours)
me Table games. 2Zeta Square (13 hours)
me Lunch rice with beef. Zeta Square (2:30 p.m.)
me Electronic concert cafe. Zeta Square (4:00 p.m.)
me 10th Correbous. (5:30 p.m.)
me Inauguration of the exhibition 'Els Català. Photographers of a century'. Valls Museum (18 hours)
me Spoken dance of the devils. Blat Square (7:45 p.m.)
me Ascent of the dragons, the Traditional Bull and the devils. Cort Street (8:15 p.m.)
me Lighting of brilliance and correfoc and satirical verses and descent of the archangel. The Patio (8:30 p.m.)
me Concert with Mabel Flores and DJ You Did Peen Y'all. Oil Square (23 hours)
me The last dance of the devils. In the Plaza del Oli (at the end of the concert)