The festivities known as Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos came into being as a commemoration of the period of Islamic domination of most of the Iberian Peninsula and the series of battles that took place between Muslims and Christians. The festival takes place from August 7 through to August 11 and is the first event that honours Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Our Lady of the Assumption), patron saint of the city. The event which attracts big crowds commemorates the Christian re-conquest of the city and is made of 12 large teams known as comparsas. Six belong to the Moro (Moorish) side while the other six represent the Christian battalions. Open to both men and women, each comparsa has several hundred members.
It is a re-enactment of the entry of Moorish troops into Elche. Presided by the Moorish Captain and high-ranking officers, the 6 Moorish comparsas parade down the streets in an extravaganza of ostentation.
Approx 8.30pm-11pm for the procession. This will be re-confirmed one week before.