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Sunday, March 3 2019

One of the most unusual traditions in Spain.

Every country, and almost every town, has their own little strange traditions, which are incomprehensible to outsiders. In Spain, the Manteo del Pelele is a very serious contender for the title of the country's wackiest custom. Organised as part of the carnival season, it involves meeting up and holding a large blanket (el manteo) and using it to toss a large stuffed dummy (el Pelele, which some assume to be a nickname for Pedro). It all takes place to the sound of music played by local bands.
A fun family event, this tradition was celebrated by the greatest Spanish painter, Francisco de Goya, who painted a picture of it in 1792.

On Sunday 3 March 2019 :
- Sunday from 14:00 to 16:00

Admission prices :
- Free
Times and location to be confirmed with the Madrid Tourist Office: check the website.

Madrid city-centre
Avenida de la Ciudad de Barcelona
28015 Madrid

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