Els Volants

Currently they are a group of men and women, previously only men, with a peculiar attire pages or maidens who are responsible to accompany the walk of "Mare de Deu de la Salut" as an honor guard or escort image of the Patroness.

The first reports tell us that the litters were always carried by priests and under pallium. In 1843, appointed were all the villagers as overseers or festeros and new lanterns for walks were built. The increase in weight, lanterns or new litter caused the number of priests will increase. To be insufficient, the change occurred and the appearance of "flying".

Finally, in 1852 they passed to replace the priests, a kind of pages that "flyers" were called and the image stopped going out under a canopy.

 

CHRONOLOGY

 

The first departure of "flying" was in 1852. In view of the photographs of early twentieth century were two flyers bar, and there were two others to relieve yourself. Despite the use of crutches, weight and length of the "return, made insufficient number. However, if adequate clothing is not had, it was impossible to carry the Virgin.

 

In the morning procession, formerly known as the Return, it was led since 1910 by soldiers who had graduated that year. Over time, they became usually take the young people who were "in rows" at that time, provided they got the permits.

 

A few years before 1936, and to solve the problem, a group of young asked to also bring anda particular. The request was accepted and produced that other groups of enthusiastic immediately did the same. Thus it continued until 1950.

 

DRESS

 

They were dressed as pages, with short shorts reminiscent listings used in the sixteenth century. Top wore a kind of tunic or vest trimmed rolls, tight at the waist by a girdle about what was going on at the front of a vest with the anagram of the Virgin and sometimes the initials of the owner family.

 

Be Volante became a true honor and families most likely made the dress. The clothes passed from parents to children, as well as the honor of bringing the Virgin so paid the mite hard.

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