CROWDS lined the streets in cities across Andalucia to watch the Easter processions for the first time since the pandemic hit.

In true Semana Santa style, the skies were grey on Holy Monday and there was a sprinkling of drizzle but umbrellas were hoisted aloft and the weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds.

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Penitents carry the image of Jesus Christ during a procession as they cross the Triana bridge on Holy Monday in Sevilla. Photo: Cordon Press

Teams of ‘brotherhoods’ rocked from foot to foot as they slowly inched forward transporting huge floats atop their shoulders which carried statues of Jesus and Mary.

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Penitents of ‘Cautivo’ brotherhood are seen carrying the statue of Christ. Photo: Cordon Press

Parades include dozens of people from tiny tots to old timers who wear distinctive pointy hoods with holes cut out for the eyes.

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Procession on Holy Monday, April 11, 2022, in Sevilla. Photo: Cordon Press

The processions include official mourners clad in black and wearing the embroided lace veils supported by traditional Spanish combs atop their heads.  

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A penitent dressed as an official mourner and wearing a ‘mantilla’ takes part in procession in Sevilla. Photo: Cordon Press

They shuffle forwards to the solemn beat of drums and religious chants.

Processions take place in most towns and cities across Spain but are particularly elaborate in Andalucia.

The biggest displays can be found in Sevilla where tens of thousands of people line the routes taken by the processions.

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People eat outdoors at a restaurant as penitents march during a procession crossing the river in Sevilla. Photo: Cordon Press

American visitors are often taken aback at the similarity of the outfits to those worn by the Ku Klux Klan.

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Sevilla, Holy Monday procession. Photo: Cordon Press

The white pointed capirotes as the headdresses are called in Spanish may  bear an uncanny resemblance to the official headdress of the KKK, they could hardly be further removed in meaning. 

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