San Isidro Festival, Madrid

Gigantes en las Fiestas de Sant Isidro. Madrid

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The Fiesta de San Isidro is Madrid's largest fiesta. It is a ten-day festival of music, dance and performing arts offering the people of Madrid the chance to don traditional castizo finery, feast on delicacies and soak up flamenco, zarzuelas and Latin rhythms at concerts all over the city. San Isidro is the patron saint of the peasants and laborers and is also the patron saint of Madrid. According to the tradition on May 15th the people of Madrid are to make a pilgrimage to San Isidro's meadow to celebrate his day and to drink the holy water that gushes out of his fountain in his hermitage's patio. Madrid's biggest "fiesta" is celebrated yearly starting on the Friday before the 15th. Technically the festivities run from May 8th to the 15th, but they stretch the fun and always start earlier and end later and revel in the festivities until the following Sunday. The festival actually begins with the Mayor's speech on the Friday afternoon prior to the 15th and ends with the ever popular Cocido Madrileño or public Cookout. Nine days of Saintly jubilation and festivity enlivens the atmosphere of Madrid.

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