May 23, 2022 7:56 am

Valencia hosts a Republican parade with a higher incidence of coronavirus than in the Three Kings




The city of Valencia celebrates this Sunday a new edition of the cavalcade of the Magas Republicans, which on this occasion will have a static format and a capacity of 600 people distributed around the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The municipal government, led by Commitment in coalition with the PSPV-PSOE, has authorized the holding of the event in the open air just two weeks after suspending the parade of the wise men and move your royal visit to a closed area such as the bullring.

The cavalcade, organized by the El Micalet Choral Society – who receives a
annual grant of 25,000 euros
by the Municipal Consistory-, will be presided over by the Magas de Enero from the balcony of the Town Hall, while the mayor Joan Ribó You will receive them beforehand, as has happened in previous editions, despite criticism from the opposition.

The celebration of the parade returns to the center of Valencia two years later after suspending its 2021 edition as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus. However, the Republican Magas return to the streets of the Turia capital in the midst of the sixth wave of infections, with a accumulated incidence that exceeds 2,177 positives for every one hundred thousand inhabitants, which is 21 percent more than when the arrival of the Three Wise Men was celebrated at the Xàtixa street bullring.

Likewise, on December 21, when the cancellation of the Magi from the East parade was announced, the incidence did not reach 1,326 cases. Days ago, the City Council also canceled the traditional San Silvestre race, the New Year’s Eve chimes and the Expojove fair due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in the city.

Archive image of the mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, together with the Republican Magas – EFE

Ten days ago, the Gaspar, Melchor and Baltasar parade was held in the Valencia bullring, with a capacity of 5,000 people who got their tickets through a website set up by the municipal government. Two weeks later, the arrival of the Republican Magas yes it will take place intown hall, although it will not go through the streets of the center of ‘Cap i Casal’ as initially planned.

A Compromís councilor will dress as a magician

The event recalls the parade held in 1937 in the city of Valencia in the midst of the war of the Civil warat the request of the president Francis Long Knight in his desire to eliminate the royal visit of the Magi from the East for its religious connotations and where an effigy of Stalin. In this edition, the councilor for Public Space -the same department that authorizes the occupation of the square-, Lucia Beamud, will become one of the Republican Magicians, accompanied by Daniela Requena (journalist) and Sénia Mulayali (youtuber).

The Valencia City Council grants the same rank to the Magas de Enero act as to other traditional calendar holidays such as Holy Week, the procession of the Three Wise Men and the 9th of October. Even for this edition, the Department of Festive Culture has given a total of 700 chairssto place the public throughout the Plaza del Consistorio municipal.

Faced with this situation, the spokesperson for the PP in the Valencia City Council, Maria Jose Catala, defended last Friday that the Magas de Enero should not go up to the balcony of the municipal building, while indicating that this act has no tradition, but is “An Ideological Whim of Commitment”.

Catalá has pointed out that the mayor of the city, Joan Ribó “vetoed” the “privilege” of going up to the balcony of the City Hall at wise men. For this reason, he has asked the mayor not to allow “the republican magicians” to go up to the main balcony of the Consistory.

On the other hand, those responsible for Micalet stated that during the act the safety and health measures, since all those over twelve years of age must show the covid passport at the entrance of the enclosure delimited by fences, while the use of the mask will be mandatory at all times. Neither can you smoke or eat and people without a ticket reservation purchased on the association’s website will not be able to access the square.

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