Madrid’s streets were filled with sheep. On Sunday, an annual event took place during which shepherds, dressed in national costumes to the accompaniment of music, lead their herds through the capital of Spain.
Last year, the event did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This time the shepherds were finally able to chase their flocks of sheep from northern Spain to more southern pastures for winter grazing. This event is an attraction for both tourists and locals.
– It is wonderful. I come here every year and this is the first time I have brought my children, so it’s amazing, ‘said Graciela Gonzalez, 39.
Children who are used to seeing traffic jams in the streets of the city liked the possibility of getting close to the sheep. “Sometimes we can touch them,” said eight-year-old Carmen Iglesias, who attended the party with her father and younger sister.
Driving sheep through Spanish streets dates back to the 20th century. In the past, the route would lead through quiet rural areas, but today it passes through the busy capital.
Main photo source: Reuters