The Village Voice — June 2013
The Street Where You Live: Denia Way
By Dora Truban Among the many noteworthy worldwide celebrations held on Saint Joseph’s Day, March 19, when swallows return from Argentina to San Juán Capistrano and week-long bonfire festivals, Falles, are held throughout Valencia in Spain. Dénia, a small city located in Valencia’s southeastern coast, also celebrates Falles bonfires with music, fireworks and a grand parade of celebrants dressed in medieval, regional or historical
clothing. Each neighborhood in Dénia selects Falleros who work all year on their ninots – figurines – featuring satirical jabs, social commentaries or criticisms. In the past, ninots included diverse people such as Shrek, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Lady Gaga. The festival starts at 8 a.m. with a lively brass band. On the last night, when ninots are consumed in huge spectacular bonfires, street fire barriers are set, but narrow streets require firemen to douse facades. Afterwards, Fantasy figures reflect the spirit of people frolic in the Denia. streets. Dénia Way is definitely much safer.
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