St. Mary of Mount Carmel, commonly referred to as Virgen del Carmen or Nuestra Señora del Carmen, it is one of several invocations of the Virgin Mary. The Día de la Virgen del Carmen is celebrated on July 16th in many coastal towns and villages throughout Spain.The Virgin is the patroness and protector of all seamen, fishermen .
Most of the Día de la Virgen del Carmen traditions involve at least one parade through the town, making its way to the sea front. Usually, a flower-strewn effigy of the Virgin is carried through the streets by a group of the local fishermen. When they reach the sea, they are usually met by a flotilla of illuminated and decorated boats, all sounding their horns. After prayers are made for all those at sea, the statue is then customarily taken on a boat, around the local harbour as the fireworks and bands accompany her journey.The Virgin, according to the legend, is responsible for keeping the waters around the shore clean and safe; many devotees used to refuse to swim until after July 16th!
In Spain, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica is patroness of the sea, is also patroness of the Spanish Armada. It is considered Queen and Patroness of Chile, its armed forces and the police; It is patron of the National Police and the National Army of Colombia and drivers in Colombia; in Bolivia is the patroness of the nation and its armed forces; in Peru is “Patroness of criollismo” and “Perpetual Mayor of the City of Lima, and Venezuela is the patroness of the Army and drivers. He was also the patron of the Andes Army led by General Jose de San Martin, conceived the independence of Argentina and Chile.
This invocation gives name to all those who are called Carmelo Carmen, Carmela, celebrating their name day on the day of the feast of the Virgin, on July 16.
Almost all towns and cities of the Spanish coast render religious cult of the Virgin del Carmen, organizing processions and colorful marine processions carrying his picture every 16 July.
You can check the entire program for this year above.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
6:00 p.m. Soccer between single, close and/or married women, at the Muelle Chico.
THURSDAY, JULY 14
7:00 p.m. Pilgrimage in honor of the Venerated Virgen del Carmen, accompanied by the Dunas de Corralejo folk groups. Aires de Mascona, Parranda el Campillo and all those party groups and neighbors who wish to participate.
Exit Avda. Ntra Sra del Carmen at the height of DANI SPORT to the church and the offerings to the Virgin.
FRIDAY, JULY 15
5:00 p.m. RECOGNITION TO THE PATRON SAILOR OF THE SAILORS AND THE PEOPLE OF CORRALEJO, at the Muelle Chico
8:00 p.m. Canarian fight, on the beach of Muelle Chico.
9:00 p.m. Gala Election of the Queen of the Carmen festivities, directed by Ainhoa Balaguer. The performances of Marey Martin, Carla Carballo, Nesty D, the star performance of the comedian Saúl Romero and the choreographic group directed by Sara Gracia and Carla Santana, components Daniela Figueroa, Carlota Cruz and Mar Benítez, in the Patricio Calero square.
Presents: Yessarela Azurmendi and Pablo Noriega. At the end, at Avda Ntra Sra del Carmen, Gran Verbena enlivened by the orchestras Armonía Show (Gran Canaria) and The Boys Machine (Tenerife)
SATURDAY JULY 16
06:00 a.m. Floreada Diana by the Archipelago Band Departure from Avda Ntra Sra del Carmen and tour through the streets of the town
11:00 a.m. Parade from Avda Ntra Sra del Carmen to the church, led by the band Archipelago (Gran Canaria)
12:00 p.m. Religious function in honor of Our Lady of Carmen and subsequent Maritime Terrestrial procession accompanied by the AF Dunas de Corralejo.
ATTENTION: FOR SAFETY IT IS REPORTED THAT THE ONLY EMBARKATION POINT FOR THE MARITIME FUNCTION WILL BE IN THE PANTANAL. BOARDING THROUGH THE SMALL QUAY AREA IS PROHIBITED
10:00 p.m. Great Verbena performance Irene La Cubana and her boys the orchestra Mekanica by Tamarindos (Gran Canaria) and Rika Banda
SUNDAY, JULY 17
9:00 a.m. Clay pigeon shooting tournament at the Los Jablitos municipal shooting range.
5:00 p.m. Latin Sailing Regatta in the bay of Corralejo.
6:00 p.m. Gala and scala in children’s hifi, in charge of the children of the town and the performances of the NEY groups directed by Sara Gracia with the presence of Eva Márquez, in the Patricio Calero square.
MONDAY, JULY 18
8:00 p.m. Celebration of the Eucharist and Night Procession Parade of the Band of drums and bugles of the Soria Regiment No. 9.
Upon arrival at the Muelle Chico, intervention by María Carballo, Marey Martin, Carla Carballo and Luis Carballo. At the end pyrotechnic show.
TUESDAY, JULY 19
5:30 p.m. Children’s party with inflatables and workshops, in the Patricio Calero square.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
10:00 a.m. at 1:00 p.m. Traditional games, on the beach of Muelle Chico.
6:00 p.m. Basketball tournament in the women’s category, in the José Perdomo Umpiérrez pavilion.
8:00 p.m. Basketball tournament in the men’s category, in the José Perdomo Umpiérrez pavilion
THURSDAY, JULY 21
6:30 p.m. Children’s show “The Children’s Circus”, in the Patricio Calero square.
8:00 p.m. Rock night by Ochentour, Taknara and The Papas and The Mojo, at Avda Ntra Sra del Carmen.
FRIDAY, JULY 22
10:30 a.m. Press conference for the XVII Meeting of improvisers, at the small dock.
11:00 a.m. Swimming tournament in the Corralejo pool.
6:00 p.m. Basketball tournament 3X3 in Avenida Ntra. Sra. del Carmen
8:00 p.m. SECOND YOUTH PARTY. Theater play by the El Campillo association and dance with the Jacomar orchestra, in the Patricio Calero square.
11:00 p.m. at 3:00 a.m. YOUNG NIGHT in charge of the Farewell Show of the dance groups The Queens and we will enjoy with the Djs EU Carballo and Abián Reyes, in the Patricio Calero square.
SATURDAY JULY 23
10:00 a.m. Beach volleyball tournament, at the Muelle Chico
11:00 a.m. Water sports days: optimist and light sailing, at the Nautical School.
12:30 p.m. XVII Meeting of Improvisers at the Muelle Chico in the Old Town of Corralejo, at the Muelle Chico.
8:00 p.m. 24 Hours of futsal “Memorial Ancor Carballo Perdomo in the José Perdomo Umpiérrez municipal pavilion.
8:30 p.m. XVII Meeting of improvisers in the Old Town of Corralejo, in the Patricio Calero square. At the end of Avda Ntra Sra del Carmen, a festival enlivened by the groups Nuevo Klan, Kandela and DJ Guevara
SUNDAY, JULY 24
08:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fishing contest, in the area of the Nautical School. Inscriptions in the fishermen’s guild.
11:00 a.m. Fiesta al Solajero with foam cannon, at the Muelle Chico
6:00 p.m. Popular end-of-party barbecue to the sound of Aires de Mascona, on the Muelle Chico.