Loyal to a promise more than 300 years old, the borough of Adeje celebrates the Patronal Festival in honour of the Virgin of the Incarnation, Santa Úrsula, and San Sebastián. This year too the celebrations are a real reflection of the modern and cosmopolitan centre the town has become in recent years. Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga: “We are 121 nationalities living side by side in peace, respect and in solidarity.
“Adeje has evolved, in particular in recent decades, into a growing but united community. Our most valuable resource – the people – have helped us move in the right direction and today we are both a modern and historic tourist destination”.
The programme of events starts in full this weekend with the Adeje Siglo XX! (21stCentury Adeje) on Friday at 10pm with the participation of the seven representatives of the Adeje borough neighbourhoods (Adeje doesn’t elect a local ‘queen’ – instead all the representatives are feted as equal). They are Milagros Bragado, from Las Nieves, María Azul Frachia Villaurreta from Los Olivos, representing Armeñime is Noelia Toledo López, from La Caleta, Naomi Negreen Galindo, Jocelin Ramos Mesa from Tijoco-La Hoya, Rosario Ana Fernández from Fañabé and Andrea Rochina González, representing Adeje Casco.
This year the gala will feature distinct aspects of life in modern Adeje, culture, conviviality, sport, the business community, and women. There will be a nod to the innovation and progress in the borough as well as an audio-visual presentation all in a futuristic setting, with music to follow from Toque Latino.
On Saturday October 8th activities begin at 1.30pm in the Calle Grande Adeje with a patronal music concert, with the band of the Canarian Command and the Military Brass Band Nº2 Brylcan XVI. At 8.30pm that evening the traditional parade with floats from the different neighbourhoods of the borough. Following the parade there will be a street party in the Plaza de España with music from the Maracaibo and Maquinaria bands.
Sunday is when the borough celebrates the Virgin of the Incarnation, with the raising of the borough flag, a mass at 6.30pm, a procession through the main street of the town with local authorities and a light and sound show. From 10pm there will be a performance by Isabel González, ‘Así soy yo’.
Monday is a local fiesta day, with schools and banks and some businesses closed and lots for the kids to do during the day. At the Adeje municipal sports pavilion (opposite the football ground) there will be a children’s play zone with bouncy castles, workshops and different events as well as a conviviality zone from 11am. At 12 midday there is a concert by the El Cardón group in the Calle Grande.
That afternoon at 6.30 mass in the Santa Úrsula church will be sung by the parish choir with a procession afterwards followed by a fireworks display. The evening ends with a one-man show by Canarian comedian Manolo Vieira.