The festival has been celebrated for many years. Madrileños traditionally used to flock to the Pradera de San Isidro, open fields next to the river near the Toledo bridge (although it has long been concreated over). However one tradition which still stands is the Pasacalles parade, where giant figures are marched through the streets of central Madrid. You can catch it on the 11th at 5.30pm and it will go through Sol, along Calle Alcalá and on to Plaza Cibeles. If you head to some of the more traditional neighbourhoods such as La Latina or the area around Plaza Mayor, you'll find plenty of people dressed up in traditional Madrid costume, and many of the streets and shops will be decorated. Not to be missed!
|Madrid decorated for San Isidro|
|Traditional Madrid costume|