San Isidro 2016: Parade of Giants and Bigheads

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Gigantes y Cabezudos
©Andrés de Gabriel Gigantes y Cabezudos

The City of Madrid has a young association created to bring back the somewhat forgotten traditional parade characters of the Madrid City Hall, including the 'gigantes' (giants) and 'cabezudos' (bigheads). This parade of characters – which were first introduced to the city in the 1970s – will head out again through town to liven up the San Isidro festivities. They start their merry-making route in Plaza de la Villa, then head to Plaza de Santo Domingo, Plaza de Callao, Puerta del Sol, and the Mercado de San Miguel, before heading back to Plaza de la Villa, where they're welcomed by 'chulapos' – boys and girls in traditional Madrid dress.


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