Festivities of San Isidro 2017 in Madrid
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The Festivities of San Isidro offer a unique opportunity to know the most authentic Madrid. They are celebrated every year around May 15, when the Chulapos and Goyescos (people dressed in the typical costumes of Madrid region) go out to have fun and eat, all in honor of San Isidro. You willl find the unique opportunity to discover the most beautiful customs of Madrid, a great capital that retains its culture. During the holiday weekend there are concerts and parades around the city center. Moreover, there are many Madrid locals who dress in the costumes of Chulapo and Goyesco and dance to the sounds of music of "el chotis" (a traditional dance in Madrid). There are also activities for children around the city and "verbenas" for you to enjoy at night. In addition, La Feria de San Isidro (the Fair) is held in the bullring of Las Ventas, with the presence of the best bullfighters of the moment.
Here is a list of the things to do, to see and to taste during the Festivities of San Isidro:
The Pradera de San Isidro is the place where the authentic Feast of San Isidro is lived during the morning of May 15th. There is the hermitage of the Saint Isidro, where the tradition orders to drink water of the spring. This day, everyone eats in the Prairie, where food stalls offer the typical dishes of Madrid. The area is full of "chulapos", music and many people wanting to have fun. La Pradera is located next to the Manzanares River, in front of the Vicente Calderón football stadium.
Las rosquillas are sweet aniseed donuts, typical for these festivities and are called tontas (fools) if they are not covered, listas (smart ones) if they are with a layer of lemon on its surface and those of Santa Clara, if they are with glazed sugar.
A chotis danced by a chulapo and a chulapa: it is the symbol of the party and you can watch it in the Prairie of San Isidro. It is a clear sign that Madrid is still a city castiza.Una bullfighting in the Plaza de las Ventas: the Feria de San Isidro offers bullfights with some of the best matadores.Una night of verbena: during these days there are many In Madrid, although one of the best known is the "Las Vistillas", next to the Bridge of Segovia. In them there are free concerts, food stalls, attractions for children and lots of party. A real memory: such as a palpusa (cap of chulapo), a safo (handkerchief worn around the neck) or one of the manila shawls that dress Las chulapas.If you want to know exactly the program of activities of the parties and the latest news, we recommend that you contact the tourist offices of the city of Madrid.
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