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Sant Magí: ropes, great dames and a watermelon pool

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The celebrations of Tarragona’s patron Sant Magí went in to fourth gear last night with the ancient square of Pla de la Seu transformed in to a gigantic open door party venue  with a splash pool filled with floating watermelons….

Estirada de Corda de Sant Magí

The day had already seen a major tug of war at Cós del Bou;  opposite factions took part at the Estirada de Corda de Sant Magí (the pull of the rope of Sant Magí)d, where each party put in a supreme effort in tugging the think rope (more used to be of service on a fishing boat) their way. 

Vermut Electronic de Dames i Vells

Over at Plaça de la Font a venerable institution, the Dames i Vells, let loose of their frocks and locks  for a Harlem Shake rendition and a very personal take on Michael Jackson’ s very bests. This was a very casual performance from one of Tarragona’s finest traditions, the Dames i Vells caustic presence having been a historical staple since 1514. Having downed their historical attire for something  a little lighter the Dame i Vells thought nothing of a bit of fun by joining the crowds for a Harlem Shake. They also took this opportunity  to celebrate the 500 anniversary of  this spoken tradition.

La Sindriada

But the true piece of resistance came close to midnight with an energetic Samba band leading the crowds up Carrer Major to the foot of the Cathedral. Further up and looking down Pipel Entertainment, Tarragona’s much loved party organizers, had got a whole band ready to start the show for the Sindriada with the Cathedral turned in to lurid green and red shades and dotted with stars, the background for thousand of people, a great Catalan band and a plash pool full of floating watermelons.

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