Part of a medieval tradition dictates that the Cobla de Ministrers of the Municipal Council, perched the balcony of the Town Council, performs the “toc de crida” or the welcome call to the festivity which celebrates Tarragona’s patron Santa Tecla. They overlook Placa de la Font filled with thousand of revelers and which, for the occasion, looked as if mined with anti raid missiles ready to take to the sky.
Once the ritual had been performed the pyrotechnic bombardment started, being less about the visual as we were still in daylight, and more about the smoke and thunder; the sky filling with acrid smokes and deafening noise which lasted for a good eight minutes. The last missile sent thousand of Santa Tecla confetti raining from the sky to the delights of the children standing by. Welcome to Santa Tecla!