Drovers’ rights

Last weekend saw the Fiesta de la Trashumancia in Madrid.

The Fiesta de Trashumancia, or ‘festival of seasonal livestock migration’, commemorates the fact that the centre of Madrid used to be a major transport route for farm animals, long before it was the capital city and even before there was a city there at all.
Flocks of sheep and herds of cattle were moved annually along the old drovers’ routes from north to south during the winter and back north again in summer in search of fresh pasture.

This video is from last year-

you can get the full story from this blog post from last year, plus a few more videos (Google Translate might be of help)

Part of the Fiesta includes some ‘dancing in the street’ and this style is derived from the time of the Moriscos (Moors who converted to Christianity) and their Morisco Dancing was also the origin of the English Morris Dancing.

And long may this Fiesta continue….. just to remind the townies where their food comes from and also to remind us all that farmers are more important than financiers.

3 Responses to “Drovers’ rights”

  1. James Higham October 31, 2012 at 20:10 Permalink

    Makes me come over all bovine it does.

  2. CherryPie October 31, 2012 at 22:16 Permalink

    @ James – I had noticed some time ago those Bovine tendencies…

    @ JD – Agreed!! we always need to remember those who provide for people and those who feed off people. Farmers provide for people and financiers???

  3. James Higham November 1, 2012 at 07:22 Permalink

    :)

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