Video: Sevilla’s Semana Santa, Part I — Palm Sunday and Processions

Happy Palm Sunday. In honor of Easter week, I’m sharing daily clips from Rick Steves’ European Easter, my one-hour public television special that’s airing now nationwide (check your local listings) and streaming online. (Also, on Wednesday, April 12, I’ll be letting my Facebook fans know how they can get a DVD of the Easter show for only $2, so be sure to like “Rick Steves” on Facebook.)

In today’s clip, we’ll experience one of Europe’s most bombastic Holy Week celebrations: the processions of Sevilla’s Semana Santa. Beginning on Palm Sunday, neighborhood congregations around Sevilla adorn their floats with flowers and candles, as “costaleros” prepare to carry those floats through the streets on their backs, amid a parade of cloaked penitents.