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It's April and once more, as they have for 109 years, Spaniards assemble for one of the most beautiful spectacles in the world

This is the week of the Seville Fair. Every day from April 18 until April 23, the Prado de San Sebastian (right) will be filled with the color of old Spain; with matched teams of white mules and Spanish horses, tassels hanging from their manes; with black-haired se√±oritas in Andalusian costume riding pillion-style behind their gentlemen. In the pavilions that line the streets, flamenco dancers swirl to 10,000 clacking castanets and hundreds of guitars. As the dust rises in the heat of noon, sherry begins to flow. The fair grounds are quiet in the late afternoon when every sevillano with the price of a ticket goes to watch the beautiful bravery of César Girón or Antonio Ordó√±ez pitted against such formidable bulls as those of Don Eduardo Miura (page 25). By midnight, beneath the canopy of red and white lanterns that light the fair, even the Old Lady from Dubuque is trying the pale wine of Jerez.

In a cloud of pink ruffles, with a pink rose in her dark hair, Andalusian beauty Enriquita Esteve is driven in a carriage through the streets of springtime Seville.

In flamenco dress, flowers behind her ear, Señorita Maria R. Garcia-Mauruio rides in the traditional pillion manner, with one arm around the waist of her caballero.

Under canopy of lanterns, which cast a carnival glow on the fair grounds from sunset until dawn, three Sevillian equestrians pause at the Aero Club's pavilion.

In family surrey Andalusian children in festive ruffles, rouge and earrings join the parade with their mother and nurses at their first fair.

Duchess of Alba rides in Córdoban costume. Horse's mane is braided with ribbons in the yellow and red of Spain.

Pilar Fontaña Don Almagro of Madrid parades in hand-embroidered jacket that has been in her family 100 years.

Beatrice Lodge, daughter of American Ambassador to Spain John Lodge, wears ruffled shirt and flat Córdoban hat.

Stephanie Spalding, daughter of the American Consul in Seville, parades in a conventional American hunting habit.