...being there, but without the crowds
1. Processione in piazza
2. Il carro con la Madonna
3. Processione notturna
Processions in the town centre of Seville begin on the Palm Sunday, (Domingo de los Ramos), and end, one may say, on the night of Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. The typical day starts around 5 - 5:30 p.m. and ends between midnight and 1 a.m. Holy Friday has two “shifts” of processions: the first begins around 2 - 2:30 in the morning and goes on until about noon. This is the famous madrugada, “early rise”, which involves the most numerous Brotherhoods.
Each Brotherhood starts out from its own church, located somewhere in the town centre of Seville, and converges along geographically distinct paths to the opening of Calle Campana, the beginning of the so-called carrera oficial or “official route” along which all the Brotherhoods reach the cathedral: the famous Calle Sierpes, the Plaza de San Francisco (Ayuntamiento or Mayor’s Office), the modern Avenida de la Constitución and finally the magnificent Cathedral. From here, the Brotherhoods, always in procession, return each to their own church following different ways; this allows for a moment off in some of the most significant streets, such as Los Alemanes, Argote de Molina or Francos: these breaks are vital, allowing one to leave the apartment with the balcony and go out with one’s guide into the streets of the centre looking for those details and specialities which only the aficionado Sevillian knows and can show, something which will greatly add to the experience of the Semana Santa.