One thousand merino sheep and 100 goats retintas have crossed the capital this Sunday to celebrate the 28th edition of the Festival of Transhumance, that commemorates the law that protects the livestock routes of Spain and the free movement of herds from one place to another.
The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, has received in the Plaza de Cibeles cattle and their shepherds, a tradition that is recovered after it had to be suspended in 2020 as a result of the pandemic of covid.
The mayor has welcomed the pastors together with the delegates of Environment and Mobility, Borja Carabante, and Families, Equality and Social Welfare, Pepe Aniorte, in addition to other representatives of the municipal groups, the president of the Mesta Council, Jesus Garzón, and the representative of the Good Women of the Mesta, Marity González.
Accompanied by mayorales, rabadanes and ranchers, the shepherds have paid the Madrid authorities the ’50 maravedís a thousand ‘stipulated by the Concordia of 1418 between the Good Men and Women of the Mesta and the attorneys of the Town Council as a price for their cattle could make use of the trails.
Both parties have signed that agreement for another year and they have commemorated the law that protects the livestock routes of Spain and the free movement of herds from one place to another.
The route, which started from the Picos de Europa, left this morning from Casa de Campo and, after going up the Vega slope and Calle Mayor to Puerta del Sol, it has headed down Calle de Alcalá until reaching Cibeles.
After signing the concord, the herds have arrived at the Plaza de Colón to go to the esplanades of the Palacio de Oriente and the Almudena Cathedral, where regional groups celebrate transhumance with music and dance on Sunday afternoon until their transfer through the afternoon to the lake of the Casa de Campo.
It will be on Tuesday, October 26, at 10:00 am, when the herd leaves the Casa de Campo towards the Extremaduran ravines to spend the winter.