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The history of the moor and christian festivity in Alcoy

At present it is accepted that the Moor and Christian Festivity has a three-day structure assigned and established, but it is generally unknown which has been the evolution of a festivity, which had its origin in a commemoration strictly religious.

The tradition shows April 23rd 1276 as the `alcoyanos´, for his miraculous participation, according to our ancestors, in defence of Alcoy from the Al-Azraq Moslem attack.

There was soon a chapel dedicated to the Saint, from which is proved shortly after 1300 – in fact there are documents from 1317-, for a perpetual promise of honouring him in his festivity was made.


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The festive acts and routes

The Moor and Christian Festivity is formed by its proclamation, the festive trilogy and some previous acts, whose timetable, itineraries and formalities will be adjusted to the traditional ones which are related next:

 1st APRIL

At 20.15 in the `Llotja de Sant Jordi´, presentation of the Festivity Magazine, after that, the poster, announcer of our Festivities, will be uncovered at the front of the Town Hall.


THE GLORY. It is the public announcement of the Festivity. A participant of each `Filà´ parades. It begins at 10.00, when it finishes at about 14.00, a string of fireworks is fired at Spain Square. FORMATION. Heralds of the city on horseback, bugles, Musical Union band; Moor side with the New Music and Christian side with the Primitive band.



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