Tourism also lives the Major Festival of the Segregation of Salou
Like every October 30, and now there are 33, Salou has celebrated this Sunday the Major Festival of Segregation. A very significant act that serves to commemorate the historic ruling of the Supreme Court in favor of the town, which had been asking for years to separate from Vila-seca and finally got it in 1989, thus obtaining its own institutional and administrative identity.
This year the Festa Major was held with exceptional temperatures -at 12 o'clock the thermometers showed 24 degrees- and with many tourists, both nationals, who took advantage of this four-day All Saints' long weekend, and internationals who enjoyed their vacations in the coastal town. For this reason, it was not surprising that Paseo Jaume I registered a good influx of people from early in the morning.
At this point you could see tourists who wanted to enjoy the beach even if it was cloudy and others who were taking a walk and found the popular breakfast and parade of popular elements. There were many who photographed the Gegants of Salou. "I find the harlequins -the Manotes- very funny, they are very funny and I had never seen this type of figure," said Liz, an Englishwoman who was hurrying her last days of vacation in the municipality.
Sarah was also hallucinating with Morena, who had several pacifiers in her mouth that the children had given her. Her mother, Camille, asked her to face the beast, but the little girl was not convinced by her idea. "We had come to Salou before but not on these dates, so it is the first time we see this party," explained this tourist from Toulouse.
At 11 am the parade began in front of the Municipal Tourist Board. The Canons d'en Pascual, the Gegants and Nanos, the Mulassa, the Ball de Bastons, the Ball de Pastorets, the Ball de Tambourines and the Morena delighted all the people who were on the promenade and who even dared to Follow them on their journey through Barcelona Street and the old town until they reach the Santa Maria del Mar Church, where the floral offering and mass were made.
Once this act was finished, the parade continued through the old town, Barcelona and Advocat Gallego streets and Paseo 30 d'Octubre until reaching the Manuel Albinyana Park, where the great popular paella took place with a price of 2 euros per person.
The festive day began with the symbolic planting of the wool tree on Paseo 30 d'Octubre, a deciduous tropical species that blooms in autumn. An act in which the mayor, Pere Granados, and the councilors of the consistory were present. It should be said that, for the 30th anniversary of the Segregation, 30 trees were planted in the form of a forest to commemorate this date. Since then, each year one more tree is added with the aim of reaching a hundred.
The day ended with the dance with the Rubens orchestra, the parade of fire and the fireworks show that put the final point to the party.
Tomorrow, Monday, the Department of Children, through the Xic's Club, organizes the Panellet Festival in the Plaza del Carrilet, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The little ones, who can go dressed as chestnut trees, will enjoy panellet workshops, wooden games and inflatables, as well as a snack. At 5:00 p.m. there will be a popular chocolate party and the show 'Explosive'.