Those guys are costaleros. Costaleros are those who carry the "pasos" in the processions The "pasos" are large and heavy floats with the life-size statues of the Christ, the Virgin Mary and other biblical characters.
Costaleros go under the paso and carry its weight on the back of their neck, which is why they wear that particular headdress (called "costal"). Each Costalero carries between 50 Kg and 70 Kg (about 100 lb) and they frequently switch teams. Each paso (float) weights 1 Ton or more, so they need about 20 to 40 Costaleros to carry it.
For more information about the Costaleros, read: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costalero and es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costal
Traditional processions during the Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Sevilla, Spain
Traditional processions during the Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Sevilla, Spain.
For more information on this event, check the description of my Semana Santa photo album that includes all the photos i took during the holy week in Sevilla (Spain).
For more information about this Hermandad, check out www.arrakis.es/~nautylus/trinidad.htm .
Official website of this Hermandad: www.hermandaddelatrinidad.com/
Photos of the traditional celebrations and processions during the Semana Santa in Sevilla, Spain
2009 : 5 - 12 de Abril 2010 : 28 de Marzo - 4 de Abril 2011 : 17 - 24 de Abril
View a smaller selection of my best Semana Santa photos.
For more information on this event, check Wikipedia's excellent articles:
- Holy Week in Seville (on Wikipedia)
- Semana Santa en Sevilla (on Wikipedia) (the best info but in spanish)
American people notice that the costumes of the Nazarenos are similar to those of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
See the article Ku Klux Klan regalia and insignia (Wikipedia) that explains the origin of the KKK costumes.