VALENCIA, Spain -- Pat Harris and I find ourselves in Valencia the week before Fallas, a festival that seems to combine the best of Mardi Gras and the Burning Man. Hotel rooms are still plentiful, but already there’s plenty to see. All along the streets giant displays of phantasmagorical sculptures are rising at plazas, squares, and crossroads, and traffic is (of course) snarled. Streets are hung with lights like Boston at Christmas (actually, better), and parades and other events are building up anticipation. We see people in 17th century court costumes. The little girls look like they stepped out of a Velazquez painting. It may be Lent, but celebration is in the air! During Fallas (March 14-20 this year), the Metro runs around the clock. Firecrackers pop everywhere, anticipating the night of torching the statues.
Posted by David Lyon, Globe correspondent
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