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San Isidro Labrador Pilgrimage

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This pilgrimage was declared an Andalusian Festival of Tourist Interest by the Andalusian Government, which valued both the ancestral roots of the celebration, as well as the beauty and uniqueness of the venue where it takes place, the steady increase in participants and the importance of the equestrian world in this festival.

A town like Los Palacios and Villafranca, with an age-old agricultural and livestock tradition, could not fail to pay homage to San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. A pilgrimage takes place every year in his honour on the Sunday closest to 15 May, his feast day. The event brings together some 20,000 people, over 2,000 horses and around 500 carts. Since the 1960s, and even before, it takes place at La Corchuela Periurban Park.

The “jira” begins the previous Saturday with the Pilgrims Mass at the Santa Maria La Blanca Parish Church. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Saint is transferred from his altar to the oxen-drawn cart that will take him in procession through the town’s streets, accompanied by thousands of locals. The procession heads to the road to El Monte, towards La Corchuela, located about ten kilometres away. 

The return trip begins at 18:30, when darkness has set.

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