And the weather improved in time for Carnaval. This time last year, it snowed on the day the children were supposed to parade and in the end, only the adults braved the cold the following day - captured by me a whole year ago!
As Romy and her classmates were to be togged out in togas, I was pleased that the sun felt warm and the icy conditions of past weeks seemed behind us - there would have been some frozen, real-life Roman statues otherwise.
But with several underlayers,both Ruy and Romy set off to school as members of some of the many civilisations that have invaded and influenced Andalucia. Each school in the town picks different themes and I was pleased Alonso de Alcala chose one that had some historical relevance - and practical and economical too - the children can wear the same costumes on Andalucia Day later on in the year. The effects of 'el crisis' - or a little sense prevailing at last?
And on the parade through the town later in the morning, in the same school, we saw many other visitors to the area - welcomed and otherwise!
|Friends, Romans and Countrymen..|
|More Moros, followed by the Christians ..and a stray trogolodyte!|
|Some beautiful Christian maidens in stunning costumes|
|Protected by handsome knights|
|The Romans - posing for a quick sculture|
|And these are Greeks, not Romans...|
|The Band got to wear whatever they wanted!|
Well done Alcala la Real - well done Alonso de Alcala!