With a massive influx of visitors and Valencians (yesterday more than 120,000 people were counted at the mascletà alone), the city of Valencia will live this Sunday the great and last day of the Fallas 2023. The events will begin with an offering of flowers to Saint José, to whom these celebrations are dedicated, as stated in the official program of events of the Junta Central Fallera (JCF) consulted by Europa Press.
The offering to the patron will take place at 11:00 am, as is tradition, before the image of San José located on the bridge that bears his name over the old bed of the Turia river.
Those in charge of carrying it out will be this year's Fallera Mayor de València, Laura Mengó, and the Fallera Mayor Infantil of this year, Paula Nieto, together with their respective courts of honor. This act will have the collaboration of the doctor Olóriz-Arzobispo Fabián y Fuero. It will be the beginning of an intense day that is expected to be very crowded when it falls on Sunday.
Subsequently, at noon, a mass will be held in the Cathedral of Valencia in honor of this saint offered by the Junta Central Fallera and the Guild of Carpenters. The celebration will be attended by various authorities, the Falleras Mayores of the Valencian capital and their courts of honor.
After the mass, at 2:00 p.m. the last 'mascletà' of these Fallas will be fired in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Valencia, this time, in charge of Pirotecnia Valenciana.
Likewise, at 6:00 p.m. the Fire Parade will be held, which will run through the center of the city. The procession will leave Russafa street and will go along Colón street until it reaches Porta de la Mar.
Finally, it will be time for the 'cremà' of the Fallas monuments, with which the festivities in honor of San José end each year. In this act, both the Fallas of the Valencian capital and the rest of the towns of the Valencian Community that carry out these celebrations will burn.
The 'cremà' will also begin this year, as it has been done since the 2021 Fallas that were moved from March to September due to the Covid-19 pandemic, at its new schedule. The small faults will begin to burn at 8:00 p.m. and not at 10:00 p.m. as was done before, while the fire will reach the large ones at 10:00 p.m. and not at 12:00 p.m. as it had always been done.
The monuments that have won the first prizes in Valencia and those of the city council, out of competition, will be the last to burn, after the rest.
In this way, the children's falla that has obtained this year the first award of the Special Section in Valencia, that of the Convento Jerusalén-Matemático Marzal commission, will burn at 8:30 p.m. After that, at 9:00 p.m., the 'cremà' of the child falla of the Valencia City Council will take place.
After burning the big fallas at 10:00 p.m., the fire will arrive, at 10:30 p.m., at the monument that in 2023 has won first prize in the Special Section in the Valencian capital, that of the Exhibition-Micer Mascó commission. As a climax to this year's Fallas, at 11:00 p.m. this Sunday the 'cremà' of the consistory's big falla will be held, which will be in charge of Pirotecnia Valenciana.