06/20/2013 06:15 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

In Sevilla, There's Always a Parade

Sevilla loves a religious procession -- carrying statues of saints from favorite churches through the streets on big floats. People from other towns go through their lives never marching. But in Sevilla, these parades are huge.

When you meet a Spaniard, it's common to ask them which football team they support. Here in Sevilla, you also ask which Virgin Mary they favor. The top two in town are La Virgin de la Macarena and La Esperanza de Triana. On Thursday during Holy Week, it's a battle royale of the Madonnas, as Sevilla's two favorite virgins are both processing through the streets at the same time.

I bumped into a street-clogging procession that was actually a practice parade for the kids who carry the float. It's an honor to be one of the 15 or so young people who stand shoulder to shoulder under the float, shuffling slowly through town.