Semana Santa (Holy Week) began in Alicante this morning with processions from churches around the city. We joined the throng at the city’s oldest church, Basilica Santa Maria, to watch the processions dedicated to Palm Sunday. Large, hefty floats showcase venerable religious sculptures that depict scenes from Christ’s life. Many are carried for miles up hills and stairs by church members, young and old. Brass and drum bands set a somber pace. Many in the parade wear white or colored robes, hoods, and conical hats similar to Klan garb. But the outfits predate the KKK by centuries and are worn to conceal the identity of penitents. I took the overhead shots from our sixth-floor apartment. The celebration continues through Easter. We’ll see many more similar processions in Madrid, where we’ll be starting mid-week.