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The 60th Day of America

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One of the biggest days of San Mateo is September 19th, the Día de América, when Oviedo celebrates its relationship with the New World. The immigrants who’ve moved to Spain, Asturians who went abroad, and the mixture of cultures are all represented in a big parade that shuts down the city.

60 Dia de America

We had the chance to see the 60th annual parade. It was a lively affair, featuring both the traditional music of Asturian bagpipes and flutes, and the more buoyant rhythms of the Caribbean and Latin America. There were about twenty floats, each with a different theme, from life at Catholic missions abroad, to scantily clad Caribbean beauties jiggling their lady parts.

The weather was perfect and the both the spectators and participants clearly had a lot of fun, except for the guy in front of us who got a face-full of foam. Definitely one of the most colorful days of the year in Oviedo.

Spanish Spectators
Hot Air Balloon Asturias
Mexican Dudes
Parade Oviedo
Pawned at San Mateo
Happy Kids
White Party Oviedo
Asturian Fairy Tail
Elf Asturias
Asturian Bruja
Face of Asturias
Dia de America
WTF Clown
Disney Parade Spain
Asturian Greeting
Snow Priest
Knight Asturias
Asturian Explorer
Quasi Modo
Asturias Dragon
Sexy Samba
Sexy Girls Oviedo
Carneval Rio Oviedo
Hunky Stud Oviedo
Bomberos Oviedo
Golden Eagle Oviedo
Peru Spain
Butterfly Queen
Blacksmith Oviedo
Sexy Man Socks
Bag Pipes
Face Of Oviedo
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September 8th, The Day of Asturias

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We always have a hard time remembering the holidays of new countries and on September 8th, another one sneaked up and took us off guard. The Day of Asturias, which celebrates the Principality’s patron saint, The Virgin of Covadonga.


The virgin’s legend dates back to the 8th century and the Battle of Covadonga, when a ragtag group of Asturians beat back a much larger invading Muslim army. That battle, waged so many centuries ago, has become the subject of legend, but scholars agree that it was the first major victory against the ruling Moors, and allowed the Kingdom of Asturias to establish itself as a Christian stronghold.

Covadonga has become a mythical place for Asturians, and September 8th is the day they most proudly celebrate their history and culture. Every year, a different Asturian city is chosen to host the festivities; this year, the traditional markets, fairs, contests and parades were set in Ribadesella. In Oviedo, the only events were a performance by the Gaita band Xácara in the city center, and fireworks on the 7th.

That’s it, I’m paying better attention from now on to holidays. October 12th, the Day of Spain, I have my eye on you!

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The day of Asturias

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