15 May in Madrid is Madrid’s Patron Saint Day, la Fiesta de San Isidro. It’s the day when Madrileños, both natives and transplants, show their pride and spirit for Madrid, Spain.
And they show their pride in many ways but the biggest way to celebrate is to organize a huge festival. During the weekend of San Isidro there is MUCH going on. Not only are there parades through downtown Madrid with music, dancing, older folks and children dressed as chulapos and chulapas (traditional Madrid costume), but there’s also a huge gathering at the Pradera de San Isidro, around the Ermita de San Isidro, located just across the Manzanares river from the Vicente Calderon Atletico de Madrid football stadium. In the Pradera there are concerts, stands selling las rosquillas del santo (a kind of pastry/cookie), food stands and terrazas, traditional dance displays, more costumes, a Catholic mass, and free distribution of the clear, cool spring water from below the Ermita which, it is said, has healing powers.
Not to be left out – and not specifically related to San Isidro – is the month long Suma Flamenca flamenco festival in Madrid of which I’ll attend my first flamenco performance on Monday and am looking forward to a dozen more flamenco performances during the festival.
After tomorrow, I’ll post some photos – and maybe some video – of the things I saw while at the Feria de San Isidro.
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