Inudeak eta Artzainak

Inudeak eta Artzainak

The troupe of nurses and pastors preludes Carnival

The Sunday after the Caldereros celebration (the first Sunday in February or the one following Candlemas) sees the Inudeak eta Artzainak parade, a wink to the courting that went on between nursemaids and shepherds when the latter came down into the city. It also represents the vaccination of babies. This is yet another event in the local run-up to Carnival.

inudes artzaiakPhoto: Donostia Kultura

The music is basically by Maestro Raimundo Sarriegi. The parade includes 30 couples of inude eta artzainak, some 60 drummers, and other characters like the mayor and his wife, a secretary, a bishop, a priest, altar boys, provincial policemen, a wafer-seller, a boot cleaner, a baker-woman, a street sweeper and other characters in period dress.

inudeartzainakpostberria3Photo: Donostia Kultura

The celebration disappeared in 1912 when Pope Pius X announced that the holiday previously celebrated for Candlemas was to be a normal working day, although the Kresala Association finally recovered the event as one of the activities organised to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 1977.