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Madrid’s streets have been left baa-dly congested on Sunday, as greater than 2,000 sheep handed by its bustling metropolis centre for an annual occasion.


The Spanish capital sits on historical migration route the place shepherds would transfer their livestock south for the winter.

The occasion is named Fiesta de la Trashumancia (transhumance competition) and is promoted by native vacationer authorities.


The competition began in 1994 and is designed to pay homage to the realm’s rural heritage.

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It exploits a medieval rule which permits shepherds the correct to chop by town with their animals.

Yearly, a nominal price is paid in alternate for the secure passage of the animals, in a ceremony between the mayor and the chief herdsman on the metropolis corridor.

It honours a 1418 settlement with town’s council the place the value of 50 maravedís al millar (50 cash per thousand heads of livestock) was set for the animal site visitors.

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Some accompanying the animals put on conventional clothes, together with clogs, for the festivities.

Guests to town on Sunday took a while to absorb the weird sight – with the capital unusually freed from site visitors.

“We did not know however we have been fortunate,” one vacationer instructed Reuters information company.

“We simply arrived yesterday and so they instructed us it is occurring right this moment. And we have been like – oh sure! Annually and we’re right here.”

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Most of the sheep wore bells for the event, which made for a loud affair on Madrid’s streets.

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The occasion began at 10:30 (08:30 GMT) native time within the metropolis’s largest park – Casa de Campo.

From there, the sheep made for metropolis corridor for the normal fee ceremony, earlier than heading again out by 14:00.

Other than the two,000 merino sheep on town streets there have been additionally about 100 goats in attendance, Reuters experiences.

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