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Sunday, January 25th 2015
The whole event depending on the weather, one Sunday towards the end of January, virtually the entire population of Conil de la Frontera sets out on an annual pilgrimage from the pueblo to the neighbouring pueblo of El Colorado.
A joyous celebration in honour of of the town’s patron saint, San Sebastian, the slow procession is fuelled by wine, roadside picnics, music and dancing, as gaily decorated wagons trundle through the countryside, skies permitting, of course.
Each wagon is followed by its own band of faithful followers. Those not taking an active part in the five mile walk, gather along the wayside, eating and drinking from picnic baskets and barbecues to lend encouragement to the increasingly tipsy pilgrims, as they make their way through the pine forests. The event terminates with a prize being awarded to the wagon judged to be the most decorative. But few contestants remain sober enough to care by then. As in most years, your intrepid reporter was there to record the event today.
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