A Street Party in Bilbao

October 11, 2014

We stepped out of our hotel in Bilbao and were delighted to find the streets alive with people.
Crowds of people spill out onto the street at the Bilbao street party on the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional'Just down the street a live band played Spanish rock, and then we discovered another band a few blocks down at a dead end, and then another band up an alleyway; ultimately at least a half dozen bands were playing in the narrow alleys.
Bilbao street party on the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional'' A family dancing at the Bilbao street party on the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional' People dancing at the Bilbao street party on the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional'' A family dancing at the Bilbao street party on the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional'' People dancing at the Bilbao street party on the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional'' Many of the crowd were wearing berets along with pañuelos (scarfs) in different colours, and carrying a flag that matched their pañuelos.
Crowds of people, many wearing traditional colours, spill out onto the street at the Bilbao street party on the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional' Popping into a nearby bar we found frantically efficient bartenders who somehow managed to keep up with the crowds that came pouring in. And then of course, the crowds poured out again, to watch the bands while clutching glasses of beer, vermouth, cocktails and wine.
People chatting at Bilbao street party on the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional' We figured this wasn’t a usual Saturday event when a garbage truck tried to come down the crowded street and the dancers went crazy, lambada shaking their butts in front of the truck until the poor driver was forced to retreat.
A garbage truck can't make it down the street as it was blocked with party goersA precarious vermouth at the Bilbao street party.
A precarious vermouth at the Bilbao street party on the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional'Later we found this poster at a bus stop explaining the fiesta, although it appeared that most of the party happened on the 11th of October, and Sunday was relatively subdued, siestas anyone?
The poster for the 'Dia de Fiesta Nacional''

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4 responses to “A Street Party in Bilbao

  1. That’s the wonder of travel – you step out of your hotel room into the middle of a party. Happened to my friend and I in Arles – we arrived at the hotel to be told a festival was in full swing close by!

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