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A colourful start to the week-long party in San Pedro

Feria queens and ladies visiting the casetas during the daytime fair.
Feria queens and ladies visiting the casetas during the daytime fair. / Josele
  • Celebrations began on Tuesday evening with the grand parade of the giants and a spectacular fireworks display. It will continue until Sunday

The fair in honour of San Pedro de Alcántara got under way on Tuesday evening in the town which bears his name, heralding the beginning of a week of celebrations.

Thousands took to the streets for the grand parade of the giants which kicked things off at 7pm. This was followed by a spectacular firework display on the Playa La Salida after the cavalcade snaked through the town's main streets before heading in the direction of the beach.

Marbella mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, along with the deputy for San Pedro, Javier García, and other members of the council then oversaw the official inauguration of the fairground, switching on the lights of the entrance archway before heading to the municipal 'caseta' bar. There, the king and queen of the feria were crowned before actor-film director David Galiano declared the party officially started.

The same cast assembled the next day to open the daytime fair which was a big day for the younger attendees with workshops in balloon modelling, face painting, magic and much more.

San Pedro fair continues this weekend. Other highlights include the parade of horse-drawn carriages that leaves Avenida Pablo Ruiz Picasso at 5pm on Friday; and the religious procession in honour of the patron saint, which leaves the Plaza de la Iglesia at 12.30pm on Saturday - a local holiday.

A series of free concerts are being staged in the municipal caseta: award-winning singer Lola Índigo (Friday), and celebrated flamenco fusion band Ketama (Saturday). All concerts begin at 11.30pm.

The final act of the feria will be a dance spectacular performed by local dancing schools, which will be held in the municipal caseta on Sunday at 6.30pm.