September is the month of the Virgen of the Angustias, patron saint of Granada (and anguished virgin). On September 15, Granadinos and others from around the province lined up for blocks to make an ofrenda floral at the basilica.
The festivities continued at the end of the month with a special market featuring autumn fruits like figs, quince, and mini pomegranates*, and today there was a religious procession accompanied by marching bands around the center of the city.
I’m sure there were many people in the crowds for whom the religious aspect of these events was important. But the vibe I got was more civic tradition and an opportunity to see and be seen.
* “Granada” in Spanish means “pomegranate”