- Title: SPAIN: SIX-DAY 'FERIA' FESTIVAL GETS UNDERWAY IN SEVILLE.
- Date: 15th April 1997
- Summary: SEVILLE, SPAIN (APRIL 15, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) (DAY SHOTS) 1. LV: VIEWS OF THE TOWN - TOWER OF GOLD NEAR THE RIVER 0.04 2. GV: MAIN STREET - WOMEN IN TRADITIONAL DRESSES AND HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES (2 SHOTS) 0.14 3. MV: CHILDREN IN TRADITIONAL DRESSES EATING ICE CREAM 0.21 4. GV/MV: VARIOUS OF WOMEN IN TRADITIONAL DRESS DANCING FLAMENCO (6 SHOTS) 0.59 5. GV: CHILDREN DANCING 1.02 6. GV: STREET SCENE 1.08 7. MCU: MARIA VICTORIA GOMEZ SAYING SINCE THE FERIA IS SIX DAYS, 24 HOURS A DAY, WE DON'T REALLY HAVE A HOUSE. DURING THESE SIX DAYS THIS IS PRACTICALLY OUR HOUSE. THERE'S DANCING, SINGING, LOTS OF WINE, HAM, POTATO TORTILLA, FUN AND HAPPINESS (SPANISH) 1.29 8. MV: MEN ON HORSEBACK SPEAKING TO GIRLS 1.32 9. MV: COSTUMED MAN ON HORSEBACK SAYING WE DRINK, RIDE AROUND ON OUR HORSES, VISIT OUR FRIENDS IN THEIR CASETAS, HAVE FUN AND DRINK MORE (SPANISH) 1.39 10. GV: HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES PARADING IN STREET 1.47 11. GV: WOMEN DANCING IN A CASETA (3 SHOTS) 2.05 (NIGHT SHOTS) 12. GV: VIEWS OF LIGHTS IN THE TOWN 2.09 13. GV: WOMEN WALKING THROUGH TOWN 2.14 14. GV/MV: WOMEN IN TRADITIONAL DRESS DANCING AND SINGING (4 SHOTS) 2.37 15. LV: CITY LIGHTS 2.44 Initials s.3 - p.3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Reuters ID: LVA844HDB4DOS4C8162I1UUNDCJ5
- Location: SEVILLE, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Duration: 00:02:46
- Story Text: INTRO: The ruffles and frills of Spain's flamenco tradition have been out in force on the streets of Seville for the start of a six-day festival of dancing, eating and riding known as "Feria".
-------------------------------------------------------------------- The people of Seville began their round-the-clock festival marathon on Tuesday (April 15), filling the picturesque town's streets with colour and music.
It was the 150th anniversary of the festival in which residents and visitors hold continuous parties in masses of tent-like structures known as "casetas".
The families, businesses and others who rent the casetas provide shelter, music, food and a total of about 750,000 litres of wine for their invited guests.
Standing beside one caseta, Maria Victoria Gomez said she considered the tent their house for the duration of the festivities. "During these six days this is practically our house.
There's dancing, singing, lots of wine, ham, potato tortilla, fun and happiness", she said.
Riders also take part in the celebrations, parading in the streets on horse back or in horse drawn carriages.
"We drink, ride around on our horses, visit our friends in their casetas, have fun, and drink more", explained one costumed man on horseback.
The flamenco dance, which is particular to Seville, plays a special part in the festivities. Women and girls wear the elaborate and expensive dresses and never seem to tire of the continuous dance and music.
The people of Seville claim that "Feria" is the biggest party in the world. Tourists come from all over to drink sherry and try their hand at the local flamenco dance.
As night falls, the horses return to their stables, but the crowd of revellers continues to grow with over 400,000 lights to burn away the darkness.
The adults will return to work and the children to school on Monday (April 21), but until then, the people of Seville will continue with their whirlwind dancing, drinking, eating and singing.
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