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Malaga set for large procession of famous Holy Week images of the Virgin Mary

An image of Santa María.
An image of Santa María. / SUR
  • All ten images of Our Lady that have been granted 'crowned' status, will be carried in the afternoon and evening

The centre of Malaga is getting ready for a special, non-seasonal outing of many of the huge floats carrying the religious images of the Virgin Mary, normally only seen in the street at Easter.

This Saturday (26 May) the city will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the image of Santa María de la Victoria (Saint Mary of the Victory) as patron saint as well as the 75th anniversary of papal approval to crown the image.

To mark the occasion all the images of Our Lady that have been granted 'crowned' status, ten in total, will be carried in the afternoon and evening on their floats.

The brotherhoods will take them out of their respective “homes” around the city at set times between 4pm and 7.30pm and they will follow a route including Calle Larios, passing the west front of the Cathedral from around 9pm to midnight.

The celebrations, which will go on late into the night, provide a unique opportunity for visitors to see some of Malaga's traditional Holy Week ritual out of season.