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Benidorm takes the Mascletás festivities elsewhere

Written by on October 11, 2018

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Article Written & Published By: Diario Informacion
Translated from Spanish to English

Benidorm takes the Mascletás festivities elsewhere

The City Council transfers Jaime I the five pyrotechnic shots planned during the Major Employer’s Festivities next November, before the imminent start of the works of the avenue of the Mediterranean

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The imminent start of construction of remodeling Mediterranean Avenue will force change this year to one of the most anticipated events in the program of the Major Festivals Patron Saint of Benidorm, which take place next November.

Four mascletás that will be fired from Sunday 11 to Wednesday 14 at noon, as well as the pyro-musical show scheduled for Tuesday night, day 13.

So decided by the City Council, whose councilman Fiestas, Jesus Carrobles, advanced yesterday that the government local has agreed to move the five pyrotechnic shots that were historically launched from the avenue of the Mediterranean to a new location .

Almost certainly, the avenue of Jaime I.

In particular, and after studying different options, the area chosen by the Consistory to mount and shoot mascletás is the section of Jaime I included between the roundabout located in front of the Municipal Cemetery and the intersection with Panama Street, where the current location is located. new local Burger King.

Thus, in addition to leaving traffic open throughout the upper part of the avenue to the Crossroads, Carrobles explained that they would be “free” for festive and public the section that goes from this intersection to Jaime I with the vials from Limones and Ricardo Bayona, as well as the lower part of the road, to the Poniente seafront, where people who come to watch these shots could be placed.

The challenge of moving the public
The mayor of festivities said that it is a decision agreed with the Commission of Major Employer Festivities, of which Carrobles himself forms part this year, as well as with Local Police, municipal technicians and the company chosen for pyrotechnics.

However, despite the majority agreement, the council recognized that the transfer of mascletás will undoubtedly be a disruption for most of the festeros, after years and years the shooting took place in the same location.

And more taking into account that, unlike what was happening until now, this alternative location is quite far from the area with the highest concentration of clubs and festivals, as is the case of streets such as La Palma, San Roque, Biga, Tomás Ortuño or l’Aigüera, among others.

The fear now is that this distance could cause many members to prefer to stay in their premises than to have to move to Jaime I.

To attract the public to this area and prevent participation from being diminished, City Council and Commission work on creating a “hook” in Jaime I itself, which would consist of playing DJs’ music from at least 13 hours, one hour before the scheduled time for mascletás, and that people congregate there long before.

Change of route in the floats
Although to date the works of the Mediterranean have not yet begun, the deadlines set by the City Council suggest that they could start the last week of October and do it from the Plaza de la Hispanidad -also known as Triangular- from now on.

This fact would force not only to move the five programmed mascletás, but also to modify the final stretch of the float parade on Wednesday, which instead of ending in Gambo would continue through Martínez Alejos until it ends at the beach.

The local government plans to meet with the affected merchants and neighbors next week to explain the planned plan for the works.

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