Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Where is the Action?

La Sala currently holds an exhibition around a flag which, 125 years ago, used to mark a change.

Back in 1883, some peasants were still celebrating els Tres Tombs but, due to secularization, most vilanovins had lost interest in it. In came people from the new middle class who had contact with Barcelona and understood to organize the event in a modern way. Dangerous animal races through the town were replaced by a classy horse parade.

They also introduced a new flag, but it was never accepted by the clergy. That is how it survived the civil war when, in 1936, the communists burnt down our main church and all religious symbols.

The horse parade remains popular today. But times change and violent animal races, like San Fermines of Pamplona, would probably attract an even bigger crowd.

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