An Easter Parade, Nerja, Andalusia, Spain - 21st April 2019

It's our last proper day in Nerja. Having missed a whole bunch of "Semana Santa" - or Holy Week - parades, because they were all late in the evening, we finally get to catch the daytime one on the actual Easter Sunday. The square down by the Balcón is heaving, and the mobile phones are definitely out in force, but we get a reasonable spot to watch the parade assemble and then unfold out of the church, as it heads off for a few hours' stomp around town

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We get a spot of breakfast at a nearby café

The parade starts to assemble

A woman with a cross

The crowds start to build up too

Meanwhile, Harry's on the pooPad whilst Fred does some drawing

The chief of something chats to people

Celebrants file into the church

Fred takes some notes

The church door is closed

Outside, another band appears

The bugle section marches past

A joke is shared in the band

Bloke with a silver staff

Harry looks nonplussed, as Isobel watches

Lots of people with shiny staffs

The head of the march exits the church

The pointy hats, or Capirotes, represent Catholic penitence

The first of the heavy floats is carried out, taking around 60 people

The cross heads off

Phones out

A penitente, with a red Capirote, looks around

A large statue of Jesus is next out of the church

Incense is attented to

The bearers wait for the rest of the parade to catch up

An old woman in a veil

Another veiled woman

The final statue appears

The bell is rung

The saxophone section of another band marches past

Capirotes and statues head past the Balcón

There's even a phone on a selfie stick

The final status heads off into the lanes

Isobel fills up a water bottle

The boys mess around on a bouncy castle

Leather goods in an alleyway

Fred digs another hole on the beach

The gang walk up from Torrecilla 3

Harry on a hill

We walk back to the bus

A dried-up river bed, as seen form the bus

Fred's up a tree again

We head over the Terraza La Parra for the last time

La Parra's tiled sign

Fred in La Parra

Isobel and Fred walk back up to Los Capuchinos

We drop our micro-car off at the car hire place near Malaga airport

Harry hauls his Trunki

Heading in to Málaga Airport

Isobel in the departure lounge

A bunch of EasyJet 737s

Isobel hauls her bag around

The sunny tarmac of Málaga airport

Somewhere near Málaga

Back on the ground at Norwich Airport

The same pilot from Nosher's recent trip to Exeter mills around outside the plane

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We get a spot of breakfast at a nearby café