Holy Week in Sevilla is the place. Easter is not really a big deal here, but the emphasis seems to be
on the crucified, suffering Christ...
and on the "Virgin" (what they call Mary usually).
Imagine walking in a parade for up to 12 hours, hidden underneath a huge parade float, carrying it along with 35 other men.
Then imagine one taxi driver we met, who was going to do this 6 days, taking his vacation during that week!
My friend Sierra is pictured here with one of the Nazarenos. During Semana Santa some of the women wear clothes for mourning.
Those with the conical hats are called "Nazarenos" and hide their faces for penitence.
Semana Santa is a one -week monumental celebration in Sevilla, where members of 40+
brotherhoods walk to bring 1 or 2 ancient statues from their church to the Cathedral in Sevilla,
so the statues can greet the main "Virgin" (Mary, mother of Christ) statue there.
Each brotherhood may have as many as 200 up to over 2,000 marching in its procession. Sometimes the processions go round the clock.