The solemn marches of the nazarenos, robe-wearing religious devotees in pointed hats, is a key part of Easter week processions in many parts of Spain.
Traditionally very serious, the often barefooted participants carry candles and crosses to signify piety.
So when a video recorded by a spectator was uploaded to social networks this year showing one of the procession participants apparently drunk and staggering around, it quickly went viral.
But the reason for the unsteady antics has been revealed as 'tiredness' and not over-indulgence, according to local daily Sur.
The girl under the capirote (hooded robe) was accompanied by her grandmother, with whom she lives, when she returned shamefaced to return it to the Archconfraternity of the Blood on Thursday.
Mario Moreno, senior brother of the order, explained that the girl had apologized for her actions and denied being drunk.
"She said sorry for being silly in the procession. She says she was tired," he said.
Despite expressing her regret, the girl was expelled from the religious order to which she has belonged for two years.
Moreno said that she took the news well "because she knows she did wrong".
The girl is described as being extremely large for her age, which caused many viewers of the video to assume that it was an adult underneath the robes.