Photographer's Note

From the moleskin travel diary:
"Our favourite tapas bar in Ayamonte is called El Costalero and what a nice thing it was to actually meet a group of real life costaleros in Seville just after leaving a tapas bar (Bar Europe) in the old centre of town.

The Costaleros are the carriers of the heavy pasos (procession floats) and are part of the hermandades and cofradas that organize the processions of the Semana Santa (holy week, the week before Easter). Truth be told, we didnt recognize them immediately, we are not well versed in Roman Catholic ritual.

So we had a chat with one of the overseers (capataz). And he told us that they were costaleros and that his group (then clad in garbs with pointed hoods) would be carrying the scene of Jesus carrying the cross while a woman called Veronica helped him. This was the final training round of the group before the actual procession. And training is called for - the costaleros are up to 8 hours on their feet and a paso can weight up to 2000 kg. The size of a group is between 30-40.

On his mobile phone the capata proudly showed us the paso and some of the other ones that his confradia would carry. It was very busy on the street and our Spanish isnt the best, but we also understood that they are part of a confrada thats based in the Macarena quarter in the El Carmen (Omnium sanctorum) parish church "

Shot while the group briefly rested.

A lerger version is here.

Check out the WS for a lateral view of the group.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1934 W: 118 N: 4384] (14208)
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