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SPA_124_xs.Hooded penitents in a night-time procession during Holy week in Seville, Spain. Street processions are organized in most Spanish towns each evening, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. People carry statues of saints on floats or wooden platforms, and an atmosphere of mourning can seem quite oppressive to onlookers - In some of the processions, marchers wear clothes reminiscent of the klu klux klan but in fact their clothes are meant to depict the Nazareños, people from Nazareth. The religious fraternities and brotherhoods are responsible for carrying the statues and organizing the penitents and musicians. The Nazareños follow the people who carry the floats bearing sculptures and models of biblical scenes. The people who carry the weight of the floats are called "costaleros" and are expected to carry these "thrones" with solemnity and grace..
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