After being suspended for the past two years because of the pandemic, the Cascamorras festival has been declared of International Tourist Interest. It will be held this year in Guadix and Baza. This year's event is expected to be huge due to the controlled health situation. Similar events will take place at Guadix's Fairs and Festivals, which are held from August 29 through September 4, and Baza from September 6 through 15.
Today, the mayors of Baza and Guadix, Manolo Gavilan, appeared before the media to announce that they will be celebrating the Cascamorras Festival in Baza on September 6, and Guadix on Sept 9. The health authorities have approved the decision. Vicente Ramirez was the hospital's medical director. Maria Piedad Checa, a representative of the Brotherhood of the Virgen de La Piedad de Baza, attended the press conference in the Auditorium of Baza's Archaeological Museum of Baza. Juan Lopez Lechuga, president of Cascamorras de Guadix Multicultural Association Ricardo Canabate and president of Cascamorras de Guadix de Honor Association Jesus Samaniego, were also present. Maribel Cano (Councilor for Culture of the Baza City Council), announced that she is currently finalizing the program for the Baza 2022 fair.
The Brotherhoods of Virgen de la Piedad (Baza, Guadix) have set a date for all acts or cults honoring the Virgen de la Piedad. Jose Antonio Escudero will assume the role of Juan Pedernal, and attempt to complete the impossible task to take the Virgen de la Piedad from Guadix.
Both mayors called for accountability in the celebrations of the Cascamorras Festival and Fairs and Festivals and wanted to thank health professionals for their efforts during these two years. They were dealing with an extremely complex health situation every day.
During the act, changes made by the bishopric once the Cascamorras arrives in the convent at La Merced were pointed out. Before that, a direct interview with him will be requested. They only request a time limit of 15 seconds to ensure that the Cascamorras can cross a minimum distance to the closure area of the convent to be able access the church and to prostrate before the Virgende la Piedad.