On Monday 17th March the Costa del Sol celebrated St. Patrick's Day, Día de San Patricio, in Benalmádena for the eighteenth consecutive year - so it has become quite a tradition. Hopefully I have this right: I believe that the Irish Association of Spain helps organise the event or takes the lead. The Irish being as hospitable as they are, the aforesaid group is open to Irish and non-Irish alike. Bless them!
Events on the day commenced with early drinking, of course, and lots of chatting and laughter. Officially though things started with a mass at Virgen del Carmen church after which folk paraded via Parque de la Paloma to the feria ground next door.
The above couple, dressed in the Irish finery were actually Spanish. The locals literally take to heart that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. %D
Hopefully the photos give a snap-shot of the feel of the day, the crowds, the music, the celebration and the general sense of affability shared amongst all the nationalities participating.
'Twas a good day, to be sure! %D