Feria is the Spanish equivalent of a county fair. They originated from trading posts and have evolved into a big celebration with horse show, fair rides and tons of food. Different organizations set up casetas or tents and sell food and drinks as well.
At work we have our own feria for the kids. Each class has been working on some dance steps to the traditional Sevillana dance. Everyone dresses up in feria attire, similar to what most people would consider flamenco dresses.
The day started out rainy and of course we were panicking over where we were going to hold it if it was raining, but the rain cleared and the sun came out and it ended up being a beautiful afternoon.
Some of the decorations we hung up, most of them made by the kids in the center. We put window boxes on every window and make about a million tissue paper flowers. Also draw some gypsy bars on the windows. Makes for a very cheerful center!
Setting up… Thankfully this is after the rain stopped. Each classroom also decorated one of those hanging triangles for their ‘caseta’.
Hanging out in O’s class with Miss Ana before feria starts. I had so much fun getting all dressed up!
Me and M. She loved getting all dressed up in her feria dress. I ended up taking in the sides the night before as the dress was a size too large for her. Also pinned the front of the skirt up a bit so she wouldn’t trip because it was really long.
The babies. So stinkin’ cute! They pretty much just sat there and looked adorable in their tiny dresses!
Here is one of our one year old classes. They had maracas and were dancing all over the place with them.
A TON of parents showed up, it was so much fun!
Hello blue sky and sunshine!
O was a very serious dancer.
Once he was all done he was smiling!
M did great, lots of skirt swirling!
Me and my two kiddos, looking all Spanish!
Me and our assistant director, Patricia. I loved her dress, it was all embroidered, beautiful!
Me with my Spanish amigas! Cristina, Cristina, Maria del Mar, Maria Jose, Luisa, Aurora and Inma.
The start of Rota and El Puerto de Santa Maria’s feria’s is this week and I can’t wait to go and take a million pictures of our last feria. This is the first year I’ve had my own dress so I am very excited over that. Plus every year we feel more and more comfortable hanging out at feria.