The Feria is considered as a small and decorated ephemeral village full of casetas and its own streets named after famous bullfighters. Colorful and spectacular, every year a monumental gate is built at the fairground entrance commemorating a monument from Seville, lit with thousand bulbs, creating a common meeting ground for Sevillian people.
The fair is lit along its street with thousands bulbs covered by “farolillos” (a kind of spherical folding-paper lanterns) and the ground is covered with “albero” (yellow soil from the local village of Alcala de Guadaira used traditionally in Seville in gardens and bullrings). The Fairground (El Real de la Feria) The grounds of the celebration of the April Fair are located in Los Remedios District. They are divided into three sectors: “Real de la Feria”, “Calle del Infierno” (amusement park) and the parking place.
The fairgrounds, free of any kind of advertisings, are ruled by strict regulations without which it would be difficult to keep the charm of the temporal small town that is set up every year in Los Remedios. The Real has a total area of 275.000 square meters distributed between 25 blocks and a total of 15 streets. Its sidewalks are covered with special yellow soil called “albero.” During daylight hours the procession of horsemen and carriages is notable, while the night is dedicated to enjoy the nice atmosphere.
The lighting (El alumbrao): Marks the begining of the April Fair and takes place on Monday at 12 pm. The fairground lights turn on leading to the official start of the fair Monday’s first night is also known as Monday’s “Pescaito”.
The Gateway (La Portada): The front of the Salvador Church appears all dressed up to the Real de la Feria in its 300 anniversary from its conception as we know it nowadays. In 1712 concluded the building work directed by the architect Leonardo de Figueroa giving as result the magnificent monument which we enjoy today. On the other hand, it could not be missing in the proposal references to important milestones coincidental in this year of 2012. It is the case of the 200 years from “la Pepa”, with which the Spanish people gave themselves their first Constitution, as well as the 20 years from the Expo 92, the universal exhibition that, during six months, transformed Seville in a center of worldwide attention.
Flamenca dress (traje de flamenca): The flamenca dress, known as the gipsy dress, was the outfit of the peasant woman that came dressed in comfortable calico gown decorated with two or three flounces. The women who came to the fair were the wives of the cattle dealers, usually gypsies, and due to that over time the dress became popular for all social classes. The flamenco dress evolves in terms of fashion. Every year there is a trade show dedicated to flamenco dress, SIMOF. It is certainly the best known costume inside and outside our country.
The horse parade: The horse parade is one of the most beautiful shows of the April Fair. In the streets of the fairground, meet magnificent specimens of equines and a wide range of beautiful horses and carriages that are true work of art.
The tents (las casetas): It is the home of the sevillian people as long as the fair lasts, the meeting point. The tent is the soul of the fair, where people live, sing and dance together. Since the beginnings the April Fair , spaces have been fenced that, formed by a light framework covered by canvas, were used as shady zones in which the dealers took refuge to close the commercial transactions. The number of tents grew as time went on and the fair became more popular. In 1919 certain uniformity in style was achieved basing on a design of the painter Gustavo Bacarisas, although that was fully obtained in 1983 when rules were established for the assembly. The tent has a measuring unit known as “module”, its structure is made of metallic tubes, covered by green and white or red and white lined canvas. There are regulations for the assembly, security, disposal of waste and decoration which help to keep the harmony in “el Real”. Even though most of the tents are private, there are many others open access for anyone willing to visit them.