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Historical Festivities with Guns & Drums
Starting on the 8th of every September, Hondarribia celebrates a huge festival called El Alarde. Citizens dressed as military march through the streets, while others perform a traditional dance to the Virgin of Guadalupe, all to celebrate the end of a seige by the French hundreds of years ago. The procession is an impressive one, loud with the sounds of drums, tin whistles and hundreds of gunmen. It ends in the Plaza de las Armas where thousands of people gather for the celebration.
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