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Pilgrimage and festivities of San Benito Abad

SAN BENITO ABAD REGIONAL POPULAR PILGRIMAGE. LA LAGUNA

This popular fiesta takes place in July (on the second Sunday). It has been declared an event of national tourist interest.

The cortege of the pilgrimage is made up of seven young women, each in the typical dress of one of the islands, who carry flowers and fruit as an offering to the Saint. They are accompanied by floats, "rondallas", "parrandas" (carnival-type song and dance groups) and livestock that parade through the streets.

This fiesta, more of an urban one than a rural one, has upgraded prizes and competitions in an attempt to turn it into a really popular fiesta. The Fiestas Committee awards prizes for balconies, window and floats decorated with typical objects and allegories related to the countryside. There is also a competition of Canary Island popular songs and traditional dress is encouraged.

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