The Virgen del Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen.
On the evening of July 16, the fishing villages and towns up and down the southern coast of Spain, celebrate a special event, where the fishermen pay tribute to their saint, and also take her for a spin out to sea.
On a flower-adorned boat of her own, she is carried aboard the honored fishing boat of the season, and taken right out to sea, along with a flotilla of "jábegas" (fishing boats):
The fishing boats that participate are then blessed for the coming fishing year.
Once the blessing of the fishing boats is complete, they start returning to the fishing port en masse:
When they arrive at the port, the Virgen is carefully carried off the boat, and on to a waiting flower-adorned platform to be carried through the streets by fishermen, dressed in very attractive sailor suits.
The Virgen then goes on a tour around town in a parade. Brass bands play, crowds clap, rockets shoot off and fireworks fill the late dusk sky.