One of the last religious acts incorporated into the program of HOGUERAS, is the procession of San Juan that runs through the streets of the center of Coruña on the afternoon of June 24, starting from the Temple of the Venerable Third Order, located in the Plaza de Carlos I, in the heart of the Old City.
The first time this procession took to the streets was in 2006, although on that occasion it did so from the Poor Clares temple in the Recoleta square of the Bárbaras
and it was presided by the XXIII Meiga Mayor Infantil, Blanca Gundín Lesta, since the Meiga Mayor, Gema Zapata Fernández, was indisposed that afternoon; from then on, this procession parade, never missed his appointment at dusk of the day of the Saint walking, in addition to different streets of the old part of La Coruña, some of the area of the Pescadería.
Within the classification of acts of the Promoting Commission, this procession is framed between the denominated ones of 1st category, which places it as one of the most important of the program, demanding the participation of all the Meigas, including Senior and Honor and Honorific Megars from previous years, as well as the full Board of Directors, as well as the full Honor Guard.
The procession is organized around the figure of San Juan, which is moved in litter by brothers of the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Solitude and the Holy Burial that collaborates in the organization of the parade. For years, the image was escorted by members of the Coruña Local Police wearing their period uniforms corresponding to the Urban Militia and the Honest Militia, evoking the times in which San Juan was the patron saint of the city and in which the Council he organized a solemn religious function in his honor; to this day, the image is escorted by four halberdiers of the Meiga’s Honor Guard.
The output of the processional parade coincides with the completion of the Holy Mass Offering to San Juan and in it participate the Meiga Mayor and Meigas de Honor, dressed in the traditional Spanish Mantilla, wearing their badges and the medal of their Meigas status. For its part, the Children’s Meiga Mayor and the Children’s Honor Medals wear the Regional Costume of Galicia, dressed with a coif, bobina or white blanket, with their respective bands. Likewise, Major Meigas, Senior Children’s Megas, Honorary Means of Honor, Meiga de Honor and Children’s Honor Megas of previous editions are added, wearing, according to the cases, the same label as those of the current exercise.
For its part, the Boards of Directors of the Association of Meigas and the Organizing Committee of the HOUSEHOLDS, responsible for organizing the successive programs of HOGUERAS since 2015, attend with a dark suit the knights and Spanish mantilla, black or white, or cocktail dress. ladies; in all cases they wear their distinctive Medals of managers.
Because it is an act classified as 1st category, the Honor Guard is present in its entirety with its Officer at the front, Halberdiers, Brackets, Heralds, Heraldillos and the Lady of San Juan.
The religious presidency is held by the Chaplain of the Promoting Commission and the civil, the Association of Meigas, with its President at the head, also adding some representation of the Municipal Corporation.
In accordance with the regulations of honors of the Promoting Commission, both the exit of the image of San Juan from the temple, and its return to it, the Band of Music participating in the procession interprets the National Anthem; On the other hand, once the procession is already in the door of the church once the route of the processional itinerary is covered and after the prayer of the Chaplain, the President of the Association gives the cry of ¡viva San Juan ! which is answered by all attendees.
As for the procession itself, it is opened by a band of cornets and drums, followed by the guide cross and the ciriales; after these, the representation of the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Solitude and the Holy Burial followed by other participating religious entities; after them the Officer of the Guard and the Beefeaters in two lines of four. The Lady of San Juan, the Heraldillos and the Heralds are placed behind the previous ones and they are followed by the Children’s Honor Megas from other years, the Children’s Honor Medals of the current year, the Senior Children’s Megas from previous editions and the Meiga Mayor Infant of the exercise, escorted by the couple of Heraldillos verdes.
The formation of the Meigas mayores is initiated by the Megas de Honor of other years, followed by the honorific Meiga de Honor; Mees de Honor of the year in course after which the Senior Megas of previous editions are placed and the Meiga Mayor of the exercise, escorted by the couple of Brackets.
He then paraded the image of San Juan, previously escorted by the Municipal Police with their period uniforms and after her the religious and civil presidency. The cortege closes a Band of Music.
The itinerary goes through different streets of the Old City and some of the Pescadería to return the temple.
After the cessation of activity of the Promoting Commission, in 2015 the Meigas Association assumed the organization of this procession, without any variation in relation to what has been described.
Since the arrival of the sectarian tide to the municipal government, not only was systematically eliminated the presence of the local police with their uniforms of time escorting the image of the Holy, but also, in a display of greater sectarianism, hatred and revanchismo, the passage of this processional cortege was expressly forbidden by María Pita, as if the plaza belonged to her, her private farm, and giving us the same treatment as was given to plague and lepers and, of course, as if we were from A Coruña. of second class, simply for the fact of not communicating with his exclusive ideology, to the most staid Bolshevik / Bolivarian style, and for not having gotten out of his head, in a servile plan, as some others did in order to receive his payment of thirty coins, This circumstance of which we are especially proud.
José Eugenio Fernández Barallobre.