THE BENIDORM FIESTAS 2012.
FRIDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
18:00 h. SWITCHING ON OF THE LIGHTS. The official lighting of the lights adorning the Martínez Alejos street by the Queen of this years Festivities, Miss. Andrea Ripoll Llorca and our Junior Queen, Andrea Nieto Carrillo, along with their Maids of Honor, and accompanied by musicians from the Union Musical of Benidorm.
18:30 h. Both Queens and their Maids of Honour will officially open the fairground loacted next to the Bullring.
NOTE: Traditional childrens day at the fair with reasonable prices.
20:00 h. Judges pay a visit to the streets and neighborhoods participating in the STREET DECORATING CONTEST, Trophy “PEPA ESPERANZA LLINARES LLORCA ” (Inscriptions at the Casa del Fester until November 06). 1st prize: 500€ + Trophy, 2nd prize: 300€ + Trophy and 3rd prize: 200€ + Trophy.
20:00 h. Judges visit all the Peñas participating in the PEÑA DECORATING CONTEST. (Inscriptions at the Casa del Fester until November 06.) 1st .prize: 300€ + Trophy, 2nd prize: 200€ + Trophy, 3rd prize: 100€ + Trophy
22:30 h. THE PEÑAS. All the Peñas will meet in the Calle Ruzafa and then parade down the Ruzafa and Martínez Alejos streets. At the end of the route, commemorative plaques will be given to the peñas on behalf of Benidorm Town Hall and the Association of Peñas "Virgin of Sufferage" will l pin the ribbons on all the flags and banners.
SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER
09:00-19:00 h. Bowling (PETANQUE) contest organized by Benidorm's petanque club at the Mercasa tracks.
10:00 h. HOLY MASS at the Parish Church of Saint James and Saint Ann or San Jaime and Santa Ana Parish Church in honor of our patron saint the VIRGEN DEL SUFRAGIO (OUR LADY OF SUFFERAGE), presided by the rev. D. Luis López Hernández, parish priest of San Jaime and Santa Ana and sung by “ A.R.C. La Barqueta”, attended by the Committee, Queens, Court of Honor, Standard-bearers, Mayorales de Honor, Authorities, Peñas and all the neighbors who would like to accompany us.
11:45 h. OPENING OF THE DOORS of the SAN JAIME y SANTA ANA CHURCH (SAINT JAMES AND SAINT ANN CHURCH), where Our Lady of Suffrage is kept, and in her presence the Benidorm Fiestas begin.
12:00 h. BELL RINGING AND FIREWORKS announce the beginning of the 2012 Festivities in honour of our Patron Saint. Fireworks Display provided by the prestigious Fireworks company Pirofantasía Carlos Caballer in the Plaza Castelar (Castle Square).
The fiestas have begun!!!!
12:15 h. From the Plaza de San Jaime (Saint James Square) and accompanied by the Queens and the Maids of Honour, Standard-bearer, Mayorales de Honor and the 2012 Fiestas Committee, there will be a parade of bands through the streets.
1.Agrupación Musical Acústica de Elda (who will accompany both queens to the Town Hall to collect the pennant.
2.Agrupación Musical Virgen del Sufragio de Benidorm
3.Colla de Xirimiters i Tabaleters de la Marina
4.Agrupación Musical La Alegre Sinfónica de La Nucía
5.Xaranga La Morralla (Benissa)
6.Societat Musical Lira Relleunse
7.Grupo Ad Libitum (Albatera)
8.Agrupació Festival Band de Xaló
9.Unión Musical Polop de La Marina
10.Societat Musical La Nova de Benidorm
11.Societat Musical L´Illa de Benidorm
12.Unión Musical de Benidorm
13:00 h. CONGREGATION OF BANDS at the Plaza SS.MM. Los Reyes de España, where they will all play the pasodoble “FIESTA EN BENIDORM ”, directed by the composer Mr. D. RAFAEL DOMENECH PARDO. The Queen will award a ribbon to every band.
Afterwards, we will open the Marquee of the 2012 Fiestas Committee.
16:30 h. The XLIII Sports Trophy organized by Club de Colombicultura "La Isla", en Barranco de Xixo.
17:00 h. RE ENACTMENT OF THE DISCOVERY OF OUR PATRON SAINT LA VIRGEN DEL SUFRAGIO (OUR LADY OF SUFFERAGE) on the Playa Poniente Beach, by actors from A.R.C. “La Barqueta”, following the script by D. Pere Maria Orts i Bosch which takes us back to March 16th, 1740 when a drifting boat was spotted of the coast.
FIREWORKS DISPLAY by Pirofantasía Carlos Caballer
17:30 h. The Benidorm Musical Union our prestigious local band.
18:00 h. PROCESSION with all the local dignatories, the Queen and Infant Queen, Maids of Honor, Standard-bearer, Mayorales of Honor, Mayorales and Mayoralesas (festivities committee), Peñas, Cultural and Religious Entities and Benidorm residents. The procession will take the following route: Parque de Elche, Paseo de la Carretera, Alameda del Alcalde D. Pedro Zaragoza Orts, Calle Mayor & will finish at the San James' Square ( Plaza San Jaime).
When the procession arrives at the parish church of San Jaime & Santa Ana, there will be a FLORAL OFFERING TO OUR LADY OF SUFFRAGE.
Once the floral offering is complete the Infant Queen, Andrea Nieto Carrillo, will recite a poem written by Vicenta Pérez Bayonne, “ Cuqui “, to our Patron Saint and later, the Queen Andrea Ripoll Llorca, will address the village of Benidorm.
OPENING SPEECH - BENIDORM 2012 FIESTAS from D. MATÍAS PÉREZ SUCH.
The president of the Fiestas Committee, D. José B. Ferrer Caballer will say a few words as will the Mayor of Benidorm, Don Agustín Navarro Alvado.
Firework Display - from Pirofantasía Carlos Caballer in the Plaza Castelar.
00:30 CONCERT at the Julio Iglesias auditorium; MELENDI, singer and writer of Spanish-rumba mixed with pop and rock, and currently a coach in the t.v. program La Voz.
SUNDAY 11th NOVEMBER -DAY OF OUR LADY OF SUFFRAGE