The council in Marbella has agreed with local organisers that the San Pedro fair, and associated festivities, will not go ahead in mid-October.
The 280,000 euros of town hall funds set aside for the popular annual event will instead go to the Social Services department to help those affected by the Covid crisis.
Mayor Ángeles Muñoz held a meeting on Tuesday with Miguel Ángel Mata, the head of the religious brotherhood in charge of the more solemn side of the events, which mark the saint's day of San Pedro de Alcántara on 19 October. Muñoz said there wouldn't be as many festivities as usual but there would be a focus on worship of the saint, with fewer crowds. "I believe it is a sensible decision, although it's hard for all of us for what it means," she said.
Miguel Ángel Mata said, "We've always been clear that we aren't going to put people at risk of possible contagion," adding that the most important and painful step had been deciding that the procession of the statue of the patron saint would not go ahead.