Summer “Fiestas” in Madrid – La Paloma

Summer “Fiestas” in Madrid – La Paloma

August is summer vacation time for most Spaniards, and Madrid slows down its pace with less traffic jams and business activity, but greatly increases the action in terms of traditional feasts and festivals.

Grupo de Chulapos y Chulapas en La Verbena La Paloma
Grupo de Chulapos y Chulapas en La Verbena La Paloma

The best known are the Fiestas de La Latina, and La Paloma, held on a public holiday, on August 15.

La Verbena de la Paloma en Carrera de San Francisco
La Verbena de la Paloma en Carrera de San Francisco

Thousands of locals and tourists, many dressed in the typical costumes, called Chulapas for the women, and Chulapos the men, fill the streets of La Latina area, the old part of town, near where the Rastro flea market is held on Sundays. Plaza de la Cebada, Plaza de la Paja, Puerta de Moros, San Francisco, etc., are the most typical sites where this feast is held.

Puesto de Barbacoa Fiestas de La Paloma
Puesto de Barbacoa Fiestas de La Paloma

The best known festivals are San Cayetano, held from 6 to 8 of August. Fiestas de San Lorenzo, from 9 to 11 of August, culminating with the Fiesta de La Paloma, from the 13 to August 17.

Carroza donde colocan la imagen de la Virgen Paloma
Carroza donde colocan la imagen de la Virgen Paloma

 

Inicio de la procesión de la Virgen Paloma
Inicio de la procesión de la Virgen Paloma

 

Chulapas y Chulapos en las Fiestas de La Paloma
Chulapas y Chulapos en las Fiestas de La Paloma
Pareja de Chulapos
Pareja de Chulapos
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