Juan Pelotero and the Innocents visited Calasparra this Saturday, April Fools' Day, as has been a tradition in the municipality for several centuries.
Juan Pelotero is a popular traditional character whose origins date back to the fifteenth century, goes out in the streets accompanied by his gang, the Innocents, formed by the Scribe, the Judge and the Jailer.
They carry a baton, an old book and a turkey pen, symbols of municipal authority that they use to fine people for the first thing they can think of, no matter how ridiculous.
The protagonist paints his face with a tile and wanders wielding an instrument formed by a stick whose end is topped by a rag ball - hence his name.
The game consists, basically, in that any Calasparreño or Calasparreña gave him some coins to hit any other ... When Juan Pelotero arrived to fulfill his assignment, the victim had to pay more money so that he did not hit him or to return the ball to the First.
These characters took the streets of the center of Calasparra, fine and entertaining the neighbors, until they settled in the Plaza Corredera, where the little ones were waiting for activities and games for fun.
Meanwhile the elders were able to make their purchases at the craft market.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Calasparra