The Tamborrada. Why??
The "Tamborrada" is a tradition in San Sebastián. San Sebastian Day is celebrated every year on the January 20th, and it is very popular and a festive day for everyone. This festival has an interesting origin story: when San Sebastian was invaded by Napoleonic troops, there were some soldiers patrolling, and eventually, a carnival company started an imitation. This carnival company announced the “sokamuturra” (also the 20th). The first Tamborrada was in 1871.
Now it's quite different, but the idea is the same. The Tamborrada is beautiful because everybody is dressed with napoleonic uniforms of the era. Every school has its own uniform, and they use the same one every year.
Mary Ward School parading
On the Tamborrada day there are some parades. Among them:
At 12:00 a clock, there is a kids parade that lasts about 2 hours. In this parade, there are more than 40 schools and 4.500 kids. This parade was founded by a company called "Euskal Billera". And they are the first ones to come out of the town hall.
One the 19th of January, adults play in the main square of the old part of the city until 12. Then they go in different companies and march all over the city. These companies do this until 12 o’clock of the 20th.
This is a tiny part of the history of San Sebastián, but a important one...
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