Fiesta del Carmen in Puerto Tazacorte

Procession with the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Puerto Tazacorte
Procession with the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Puerto Tazacorte

July 16 is the Fiesta del Carmen, (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) which is celebrated in Santa Cruz and Puerto Tazacorte. They have a special mass, and then they take the statue of the Virgin of Carmen out for a procession. So far, so much like most fiestas on the island. Only in this case, they take the statue of the virgin out on a boat parade, to bless the fishermen.

Loading the statue of Our Lady of Mt Carmel onto a fishing boat, Fiesta at Puerto Tazacorte, La Palma
Loading the statue of Our Lady of Mt Carmel onto a fishing boat

These photos are fromPuerto Tazacorte. The boats go from the harbour, round to the bay just off the beach, where they sail in circles for a while before heading back to port. Then they have fireworks.

Boat procession at night with Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Puerto Tazacorte, La Palma
Boat procession at night with Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Puerto Tazacorte

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