Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Garachico tyre burning fiesta (Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya) postponed until 2021

Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya in Garachico
What better way to commemorate your town being destroyed by flows of molten lava following a volcanic eruption than by hurling burning rubber tyres down the very same cliffs? 

The Fiestas Lustrales to honour the Cristo de la Misericordia, are normally celebrated in Garachico every five years, but the Council and various groups involved in the organization have decided to postpone them until 2021, when the night parade of floats is planned for Saturday, July 31, 2021 and the Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya for Sunday, August 1, 2021, and say that from this date they will resume their regular frequency.

The Council in Garachico agreed to postpone the night parade of floats and the Fuegos del Risco and La Atalaya (Cliff FIres, but our unofficial name is Garachico tyre burning fiesta), which commemorates the volcanic eruption of Trevejo in 1706, for various reasons.
"We think that it is not the most appropriate time for the Council to spend the 80,000 euros that it had destined for this celebration," confirms the mayor, José Heriberto González.
The municipality has more important needs right now and that money will be necessary to meet them. Obviously, the health issues also had to be taken into account, along with current rules that prohibit events with large crowds and this fiesta, at the last edition in 2015 (photos), brought together some 30,000 people on the day of the fires alone.

So for this year, as it has been for many other of the fiestas on the island, the celebrations for the Fiestas Patronales de Santa Ana y San Roque y del Santísimo Cristo de la Misericordia must be from private balconies and windows. There is a program, which you can download (PDF) - contains lots of lovely pictures - and the message is clear about this special edition, "vívelas desde dentro" (live them from indoors).

Events include those with limited capacity (and needing invites), along with retransmissions and broadcasts on the town hall's Facebook page, under the category of Nostalgia. On what would have been the big days of the fiestas, on Saturday, 1 August 2020 at 8:30 pm, there will be a program showing prior years' night parade of floats and on Sunday, 2 August 2020 at 8:00 pm, a similar showing of previous daytime parades of allegorical floats and the infamous Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya (Cliff Fires).

[EDIT 2021: Clearly the situation of the ongoing pandemic has not allowed this event to take place in 2021 either, but there is no news yet on any future proposed date.]
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