21 January 2014
Every year on the last Sunday in January, the town of Barranda, Caravaca de la Cruz in Murcia celebrates La Fiesta de las Cuadrillas de Barranda in which numerous bands, known as 'cuadrillas', sing and perform in the streets.
The idea came in 1979 from pastor and teacher Ramón García Jesús María García Barranda who performed in the then called Regional Music Festival String. This was supported by the stewards of the Festival.
In the early years the organisers of the fiesta, the Aguilanderos Barranda, made sure this fiesta had its own life. Due to the influx from musicians and groups, the Fiesta de las Cuadrillas de Barranda received more and more support and in 1999, it was declared a Regional Tourist Interest. This fiesta is one of the oldest festivals of traditional music in Spain and the pioneer in this type of event.
The Fiesta involves invited gangs, between twelve and fifteen, taking up positions around the squares and streets, where they sing and dance amongst the crowd. After lunch come the battle of the bands, whereby pairs of bands simultaneously vie to outdo each other while performing together. By late afternoon, all the bands come together where the festivities continue until the early hours of the morning.
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