Blessing of the Wines & Batalla de Vinos
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 5-6:30 pm
Cathedral Basilica at 38 Cathedral Place, St Augustine FL
$10 donation for participants; free for spectators
Batalla del vino (battle of the wine) is a Spanish tradition dating back to the Middle Ages and the bloody warring over border disputes between the Castilian cities Mirande de Ebro and Haro. “Recalling” takes place every year at the Peter and Paul's day, a peaceful battle. Villagers and tourists gather for a celebration at the village church. Wine is blessed by the parish priest. Citizens dressed in white process up the mountain where they use bota bags and squirt guns to “decorate” one another with red Spanish wine.
St. Augustine’s batalla is intended as a playful celebration of the talent and energy that goes into making Spanish wine. Father Tom at St. Augustine’s Cathedral Basilica will bless the wine. St. Augustine Mayor Joe Boles (dressed in white) will lead the processing to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina Green where the fun will begin!
For those who wish to participate and don’t have a white outfit, a $20 donation will secure a logoed white T-shirt perfectly suited for the occasion.
For those dressed in white, a $10 donation will allow entry into the “batalla” and a squirt gun filled with red wine.
If you prefer to spectate only, there will be a (relatively) safe zone for you.