The Lleida Festival lasts the last day in which it will close a program of 250 cultural and festive proposals in honor of Saint Anastasia. The Department of Lleida is very satisfied with the participation of citizens, but especially because the interest of the youngest has been strengthened in popular culture activities, such as the Entombment of the Children of Lo Maraco, the Meeting of the Giants or the Castellera Festival, which gather There have been hundreds of people around the commercial axis over the weekend. “We’ve seen 3 and 6 year olds and it’s impressive”, observed mayor Mikel Puyo. Festes counselor Ignasi Amor said, “We want to establish a foundation so that kids want to do popular culture because it will last forever.”
This Sunday afternoon, on the sixth and last day of the city’s May Festival, popular culture once again takes to the streets of Lleida. The 38th meeting of veterans, which began in Blas Infante Square, has been one of the proposals that has brought together the largest number of people, with members of participating groups and dozens of families coming to see veterans from the same municipality. stayed for And also special guests like the Gigantes del Pino de Barcelona or the Gigantes de Viserta de Monistrol de Montserrat. Thus, the parade began around 12 noon crossing the footbridge over the river in the direction of Avenida Madrid and the Monument to the Giants, and continued through various streets around the commercial area until it reached Plaza Sant Joan. where the last dance was performed in front of hundreds of people.
In parallel, the Plaza de la Consejía has become too small to host the Castellera Festival, organized by the Castellers de Lleida with the participation of the Mocigangueras de Igualada, the Children of Reis and the Old Group of the Children of the Walls. A high-profile show that forced the public to hold their heads high and applaud loudly every time a castle was loaded.
“We are pleased with the response of the people of Lleida, I have the impression that this is one of the best festivals in recent years”, said the Mayor of Lleida, Mikel Puyo, who thanked the institutions for their participation and showed Interest celebrated. by the youngest in popular culture activities. He added, “This should allow new generations and even children to enter popular culture. Here I have seen 3 and 6 year old veterans, and it is impressive.”
In this context, Festes councilor Ignasi Amor has also expressed satisfaction over the participation of young people. Amor said, “We are a government that has given priority to popular culture and every year we have launched initiatives, such as this year’s entry, with the aim that children want to learn and do popular culture, which will always be ”
When asked about participation figures, the councilor explained that “we don’t want to say numbers because it won’t be accurate, but you can see on the street that popular culture has more viewers. We have more people in our crews, carriers of Giants or Castellers”.
Regarding the concerts, which have been held this year on the Champs-Élysées stage, Amor has observed that “15,000 people raised their voices in one place for the first time”. He highlights this Saturday’s demonstration of the tiny jar containing “more than 10,000 families”.
In fact, Raquel and Anna, two residents of Lleida, assure that they are liking Fiesta Mayor “a lot”, especially because of the different offers for children, such as entrance to Lo Maraco or storytellers alike. “There are many activities, especially for children, and to teach the city and the culture of Catalonia, which are only done here,” he explained.
The Mayo festivities will end at night with a spectacular fireworks display, combined with a state-of-the-art lighting show, after which the Giants and Lo Maraco return to their homes.