Every year, residents of Puerto de la Cruz on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife carry a statue of the Virgen del Carmen from its chapel to a beach at the harbour.

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Men carry the statue of Virgen del Carmen to Puerto de la Cruz dock on the Canary island of Tenerife, Spain.Getty

Huge crowds watch as the statue is placed onto a fishing boat – the Virgen del Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen.

The boat carrying the statue then makes a short journey along the island coast before returning to the harbour, accompanied by a flotilla of small boats.

Penitents carry the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen, from its chapel.
Penitents carry the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen, from its chapel.AFP
Crowds watch as the Virgen del Carmen statue is loaded onto a boat.
Crowds watch as the Virgen del Carmen statue is loaded onto a boat.Getty
Thousands of people watch as the brotherhood transfer the Virgen del Carmen statue onto a boat.
Thousands of people watch as the brotherhood transfer the Virgen del Carmen statue onto a boat.Getty
Doves are released as the Virgen del Carmen statue leaves Puerto de la Cruz dock for its journey by boat.
Doves are released as the Virgen del Carmen statue leaves Puerto de la Cruz dock for its journey by boat.Getty
The crown of the Virgen del Carmen statue is seen as its is placed onto the New Saint Ramon boat.
The crown of the Virgen del Carmen statue is seen as its is placed onto the New Saint Ramon boat.Getty
Fishermen sing to their patron saint as they wait to unload the Virgen del Carmen statue.
Fishermen sing to their patron saint as they wait to unload the Virgen del Carmen statue.Getty
Spectators crowd onto balconies and the roof of an apartment block to watch the festivities.
Spectators crowd onto balconies and the roof of an apartment block to watch the festivities.Getty
People wait the Virgen del Carmen statue to be loaded onto a boat.
People wait the Virgen del Carmen statue to be loaded onto a boat.Getty
A man decorates his balcony with fishing objects surrounding a picture of the Virgen de la Cruz.
A man decorates his balcony with fishing objects surrounding a picture of the Virgen de la Cruz.Getty
The New Saint Ramon boat is surrounded by an entourage of small boats as it leaves Puerto de la Cruz dock with the Virgen del Carmen statue on board.
The New Saint Ramon boat is surrounded by an entourage of small boats as it leaves Puerto de la Cruz dock with the Virgen del Carmen statue on board.Getty