Battle of the Flowers - Cordoba May festivities
Noon on 30 April 2023
(Traditionally last Sunday in April)
Battle of the Flowers (Batalla de las Flores) isn't usually in May, but in Andalucia such details are irrelevant - it's the opening event of the May festivities. The first of the big four, it usually takes place on the last Sunday of April but sometimes on May Day holiday. The ´´battle'' consists of a procession of floats making its way along the city`s Paseo de la Victoria (Av. de la República Argentina) in other word a couple of circuits around Jardines de la Victoria, with local women dressed in gypsy outfits, singing 'Soy Cordobes' by the Argentine singer Rodrigo 'El Potro'. The floats are decorated with paper flowers, the typical horseshoe-shaped arches as seen in the city's Mezquita, and images of the city's patron saint, San Raphael. Some floats come from the Linares and Santo Domingo pilgrimages
At 12 midday the floats' passengers throw flowers (140,000 carnations, to be precise) into the crowds, accompanied by a brass band. The parade, which last over an hour, first took place in the 1940s, followed by a long hiatus until the mid-1980s, when Spain had come to life again after the dictatorship.
Find about more about the Cordoba Festivals.
Battle of the Flowers (Batalla de las Flores) isn't usually in May but end of April. The "battle'' consists of a procession of floats making its way along the city`s Paseo de la Victoria
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