17th August 2015
fiesta commission of the Festes Patronals de Mare de
Déu de Loreto - also known as the 'port fiestas'
- visited the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia to present
the publication of the official fiesta book and the
full programme of events that make up this special celebration
in the port. Together with mayor José Chulvi
and councillor Antonio Miragall (Fiestas), they also
announced the return of the iconic aquatic firework
display with traditionally closes the fiesta using a
series of floating platforms in order to take the launch
point outside of the 500m exclusion zone which suspended
the display last year.
forty years, the firework display, considered one of
the best in the region, was launched from the end of
the Dique de Levante harbour wall. However, in August
2014, the regional government refused permission for
its launch from the usual position due to its location
just a few metres within the 500m exclusion zone
designed to protect green zones, in this case the Parque
Natural del Montgó. (Click here
to read more.) Although the Fiesta Commission announced
that it would have to be "over the sea or nothing",
a colourful mascletà was eventually organised
in Avda. Jaime I to bring the 2014 fiestas to and end.
However, knowing that the firework display is one of
the main attractions of the Loreto fiesta for both Xabieros
and tourists, the Commission and the Ayuntamiento de
Xàbia pledged to seek a solution to bring the
display back to the bay of Xàbia.
Miragall explained that after ruling out several other
options due to their excessive costs, the Ayuntamiento
has hired three platforms of 42 square metres each which,
once assembled, will create a floating platform of some
126 square metres in total area which will be located
close to the line of buoys off the beach of La Grava.
After discussion with Ricasa, the pyrotechnic company
responsible, the amount of gunpowder will be reduced
but the display will be closer to the coast, so the
end result will be just as attractive. However, he added
a warning that this is a new experience for Xàbia,
being the first time that fireworks have been launched
from the sea, and the display will be very much subject
to the weather and the sea conditions. Thus, the Ayuntamiento
preferred to rent the platforms at a cost of some 13,000
euros to evaluate their stability, strength and effectiveness
in producing a decent display before opting to purchase
their own equipment.
councillor Miragall and the mayor highlighted the efforts
of the Fiesta Commission to bring back the iconic firework
display and once again create another full programme
of events which combine tradition, culture and sport
with purely festive events such as the popular 'Bous
al Mar' which will be taking place as always on the
harbour from Sunday 30th August to Friday 4th September.
The programme can be found in the newly-published fiesta
book along with a number of special features of historical
and ethnographic interest and Commission President Juanjo
García congratulated everyone who contributed
as it is a publication that takes many months of work
to produce. Among the new additions to the 2015 programme
is the traditional dancing before the main procession
on September 8th, the feast day of the patron; a competition
of speed painting; and a children's 'despertà',
the traditional wake-up call.
main programme, which although there are some events
beforehand begins on Friday 28th August, includes
all the traditional events such as the 'Bous al Mar'
and its popular bar, the float parades, the spectacular
'correfocs' and the religious processions. The presentation
on Friday 28th will see the introduction of the 'mayorales'
- the main protagonists - for 2015: Mari
Luz Soriano Chico y Juan Vicente Torres Cholbi; José
Francisco Monllor García y María Victoria
Periche Montoro; Francisco Marí Miñana
y Sónica Poquet Solveres; Marga y José
María Salort Serrat.
the full programme of the 2015 edition of the Loreto
fiesta, click here.
discover more about the Festes Patronals de Mare de
Déu de Loreto, click here
for our rough guide to the celebrations.