The fiesta is at San Ramón for the next 11 days

San Ramón has begun its 12-day festival in honor of its patron,  San Ramón Nonato.

The festival features the Entrada de Santos at 10 a.m. Sunday and what organizers call the biggest parade of boyeros and their bueyes a week from Sunday. Some 300 teams are expected.

The festival closes Sept. 7 with a serenade generated by the noise of pots and frying pans as the last meals are served up.

This is the 164th festival, and organizers said they expect 500,000 visitors.

Tonight is the unique Familia Reinante 2015 in which a family instead of an individual queen is selected. The winner will be the family that has collected the most money for the festival over the last three months. The event is followed by a dance featuring the  Banda Chiqui Chiqui as well as the group Los Navegantes.

The festival, which is organized by the local Catholic church there, is known for the many food dishes that are sold. This is a family event, and organizers note that alcoholic beverages are not sold at the festival.

San Ramón Nonato is a 13th century Spanish saint who was termed nonoato after the Latin phrase being not born. He came into the world by cesarean as his mother neared death. Consequently he also is the patron saint of pregnant women.

In his capacity as a priest he traveled to Muslim territories to ransom fellow Catholics and once gave himself up as a hostage, according to an online biography of his life.

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