The origin of the celebration is religious
The patron saint festival, dedicated in honor of St. Louis IX, King of France, is an expression of popular sentiment. Are held on the 25th of August, but if that date falls on a working day is moved to next weekend. For several years, the festival program includes the week before and after the feast with the celebration of many sporting and cultural events. The origin of the festival is religious and goes back to the founding of the church, when members of the Obrería or caixers “, named for being responsible for administering the money to cover construction and maintenance of the temple, organized the protocol events and popular festivals of the patron saint who, starting in 1825, so is the people to be elected by popular vote.
The most important festive events are those that involve horses and rider. The departure of the procession or “qualcada” which takes place on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, walks the streets of the town before attending the religious ceremonies, the “Completes” and the “Missa de Caixers” respectively. It consists of the “caixer batle”, representing the civil authority, the “chaplain”, representing the estate of the Church, and other riders. A striking figure of “Fabiola”, who, astride a donkey makes way for the procession, playing the “Fabiola” or jaramillo and drum. After the religious ceremonies takes place on the spectacular “caragol” also known as “commotion” in which horses, festively decorated, up to the rhythm of the music from the crowd.
Since 1992, a Board of Caixers enforces the various protocols governing the conduct of these acts, which relate to the peculiar dress of the riders, the composition and route of the “qualcada” assistance to the religious and so on.
The official start of the feast of Sant Lluís is held the Friday before the reading of the proclamation. Over the weekend various events take place, which also stand out because of massive public assistance dancing, parade of floats and fireworks display.