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7 Amazing Spring Festivals in Europe

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As winter ends, and better weather is on the horizon, Europeans take to the streets to celebrate with public parties, surprising spectacles, and food, and drink. Dress in head-to-toe orange for King's Day in Amsterdam, or don a polka-dot flamenco gown in Seville and become a local for the day.
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Plaza Monteolivete, 4, 46006 Valencia, Spain
Even if you can't be in Valencia for its fiery Les Falles festival, you can view the popular ninots (figures and effigies) at the Fallero Museum. Some ninots are chosen to be spared from the flames by popular vote—and then end up on display at the...
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Hochstraße 77, 81541 München, Germany
Paulaner Knockerberg is a local favorite. Guests can sip beer and nosh on Bavarian food in one of the comfortable dining rooms, make themselves cozy around the fireplace, or settle down in the basement. Paulaner Knockerberg is also known for its...
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
At no time of the year is patriotism, as well as oranjegekt, more apparent in Holland than on Koningsdag or King's Day. Formerly Koninginnedag or Queen's Day, the holiday celebrates the birthday of King Willem, who took the reins when his mother,...
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Seville, Spain
The Fería de Abril in Seville takes place two weeks after Easter. Pretty much every booth in the fair is a bar and/or a club, sponsored by different businesses and organizations. Women of all ages wear beautiful flamenco dresses without irony, and...
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St Patrick's Parade, Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
I had the great honor and privilege of not only being in Dublin for St. Patrick's Festivities in 2013 but also of being in the parade. This has been dubbed the year of the Gathering for the Irish Diaspora and others who love her emerald rolling...
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Climb Carlton Hill with the May Queen, the Green Man and their procession of performers as night falls on April 30th. Watch as they celebrate the end of dreary winter weather with fire, dancing and re-enactment of ancient religious rituals. Just...