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Sheep replaced the usual traffic in central Madrid today as shepherds steered hundreds of them through the Spanish capital to proclaim their right to use historic migration routes.
Every year since 1994, sheep farmers have paraded their livestock through the city along a course that once cut through undeveloped countryside on their way to winter grazing pastures in southern Spain.
Shepherds - Charge - Acknowledgement - Agreement - City
Shepherds pay a symbolic charge in acknowledgement of a 1418 agreement with the city council that set a fee of 50 maravedis - medieval copper coins - per 1,000 sheep brought through the central Sol square and Gran Via street.
Fiesta de la Trashumancia (Transhumance Festival) began as an agricultural practice to prevent overgrazing and the revived migratory festival now occurs every autumn, usually towards the end of October.
Madrid - Frenzy - Hooves - Revellers - Selfies
Now Madrid descends into a frenzy of clattering hooves as revellers take selfies to commemorate the event.
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