A great tradition of the city of Valencia (Spain): throughout the year, the inhabitants of the city create wooden, papier mâché, wax and cardboard sculptures up to 10 metres high. On the occasion of the feast of Saint Joseph (19 March), these Fallas are paraded in the streets before being burned.
In 2004, as is appropriate to the historical links between the area and the Spanish Empire, Lille welcomes this tradition. Under the guiding hand of Louis Bouchard, 9 districts of Lille and Hellemmes have imagined their own fallas.
Displayed in their respective areas of the town, the fallas are then gathered in the centre-ville and the Vieux-Lille. On 3 April, the firework company Xarxa brings Valencia to Lille: fireworks, squibs and finally the majestic burning of these astonishing sculptures. Only the "ninot", is elected to be saved from the flames.
This shot has been taken in "Quai de Vault". We saw the flames on the water.
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