falla el Pilar
falla el Pilar

The complexity and detail is astonishing, as is the scale. This tableau is three stories high. I live in barrio El Pilar, so this is 'my' is falla.

falla el Pilar Harlequin
falla el Pilar Harlequin

Harlequin is some 2.5m long.

Falla el Pilar
Falla el Pilar

This falla of the barrio El Pilar is a regular prize-winner.

Falla el Pilar
Falla el Pilar

The streets and squares are packed with crowds circulating round the fallas in all parts of the city.

falla avenida del Oeste. The falla on the shopping street at the end of my street.the end
falla avenida del Oeste. The falla on the shopping street at the end of my street.the end
HM The Queen
HM The Queen

HM Queen Elizabeth of The United Kingdom. The figure, holding a Union flag and saw, represents The Queen cutting Britain off from Europe - Brexit. The sign on the lower left reads, in Valenciano, "The hoteliers will be sad. And who will there be to get drunk and jump off balconies?"

Dracula
Dracula

This enormous tableau features a conflation of Dracula and Venetian masquerade. As with all the tableau, there are smaller sub-plots amongst the giant figures.

Dracula
Dracula

The workmanship and attention to detail and finish is flawless.

The fat lady and the butler.
The fat lady and the butler.

This small sub-plot tableau [part of the Dracula falla] has the butler saying to the fat lady "Here is a selection of masks but I regret I do not have the solution to the problem"

Animal girls.
Animal girls.

This strange tableau, with the naked girls - one covered in blood - wearing animal head dresses, was beleived by a Valenciano friend to be about animal welfare.

Angel
Angel

In Ruzaffa, the area of the central city just south of the old town, the grid layout has no spacious squares, so the fallas tableau are, like this one, built on cross roads.

Snip!
Snip!

In another topical tableau, part of the preceding falla, Ex-Queen Sophia is taking shears to ex-King Juan Carlos in retribution for his infidelities. Two of his mistresses can be seen on the badges on his chest.

Plaza Ayuntamiento falla
Plaza Ayuntamiento falla

This gigantic figure, some 20m high, was the falla placed in front of the City Hall.

Plaza Ayuntamiento falla
Plaza Ayuntamiento falla

A conflation of the Conquistadors and Pirates of The Caribbean. The figure on the right in a black and white striped Jeep shirt is the footballer, Ronaldo.

Lion King and Cats
Lion King and Cats

This vast tableau celebrates showbiz. There is The Lion King and Cats, with smaller figures of topical interest. The three figures in the foreground are ex-Queen Sofia, ex-King Juan Carlos and, tugging at Juan Carlos's tail, his mistress - perhaps the one who is alleged to have received a gift of €65 million from him.

Lion King and Cats.
Lion King and Cats.
Naked Dictators
Naked Dictators

US President Donald Trump is here depicted as one with dictators Franco, Stalin and Hitler.

falla plaza Dr Colado Devils
falla plaza Dr Colado Devils

Many of the tableau and ninots [the figures] are highly political. Here Donald Trump and The Devil are waiting to be placed in position as part of the next falla.

falla Plaza Dr Colado
falla Plaza Dr Colado