Our first sights were of the Giants of Corpus Christie walking among the LGBT and straight residents and visitors to this seaside town just south of Barcelona. Schoolchildren had laid flowers in patterns throughout the previous night along the narrow streets. Crowds admired the glorious colours and toddlers balanced on their parents' shoulders, entranced by the giant puppets and bouncing to the rhythm of the drums. A statuesque drag queen, high steps it through the crowds and bizarrely a man dressed as a penis, slightly deflating, emerges from the chemist - advertising condoms, or part of the show? I found a beguiling combination of tradition and openess here.
South of Barcelona, 30 mins on train.
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