Granada Hipica

 

A few weeks ago, we headed north to Granada for one of the larger Hipicas in the country.  A hipica is a grand parade of horses throughout the town, traditionally honoring a well respected community member and often marking the beginning of a fiesta patronal (saint’s day).  Though the temperatures were well above 90 degrees, most of the locals were dressed to the nines in jeans, cowboy boots, hats, and even leather chaps.  Many of the riders wore traditional dress, including full dresses and skirts.  Those not participating in the parade  arrived mostly to eat and drink (a lot).  I’ve been told that historically, it’s rained during the Granada hipica, but on this particular day, it was hot!