The Running of the Sheep

This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience the Fiesta de la Trashumancia de Madrid.  The fiesta brings awareness to the rights of traditional grazing practices in Spain.  This long standing tradition and way of life is threatened by overdevelopment and the fiesta in Madrid brings awareness to the traditions and customs of the people who live off the land in Spain.

My friend and I woke up early to take some photographs throughout the city and around 11:00 a.m. we made our way to La Puerta del Sol to find a good spot to see the sheep running through the city.  We made our way past the barricades that were being set up to ensure spectators weren’t trampled by the running sheep.  I picked out a spot behind a concrete barrier so the sheep could run past me and so I could get some decent photographs of the event.

We had an amazing time seeing all the sheep running through the plaza and seeing the shepherds in traditional dress playing their bagpipes.  Below is a short one minute video and photo gallery of my experience at the fiesta.  I had a wonderful time and I hope this fiesta continues to bring awareness to the shepherdes’ way of life in Spain.  Enjoy!

The video shows the sheep running into La Puerta del Sol from Mayor Street only to to be stopped so people like me can take photos.  The sheep hung around the square for a good 30 minutes before being herded down the street to run through other parts of the city.

Group of shepherds leading the flock of sheep into the square.

Group of shepherds leading the flock of sheep into the square.

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The Sheep

More Sheep

Billy goats gruff?

Billy goats gruff?

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The Shepherds

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My friend and I wish we had a pair of these after the sheep ran off. :-)

My friend and I wish we had a pair of these after the sheep ran off. 🙂

 

If you were at the fiesta this past weekend or in the past, please share your experiences below.  Also to learn more about supporting natural grazing, click here for more information Rewilding Europe.

I love Spain!

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4 Comments on “The Running of the Sheep

  1. Hi Samuel. I’ve never heard of this festival before and as Becky said it looks like a friendlier version of the running of the bulls. I love how the locals dressed up in such colorful costumes for the festival — that and the sheep make this sheep running festival very interesting to experience.

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    • Hello Bama! Thanks for your comments. Yes, it is an annual festival that brings awareness to traditional grazing practices in Spain. It was an amazing experience and a must see if visiting Spain during November. Thanks again for your thoughts.

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