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To bring Madrid’s Holy Week to a close, the Real e Ilustre Congregación de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad y Desamparo is organising a drum parade in collaboration with Madrid City Council.
For a number of years now, the classic tamborrada drum parade marks the prelude of the end of our journey through the churches and stations of the Cross. The music exudes from the place of worship and opens up to the entire city with a procession of around fifty ringers and drummers that reverberates the walls of the town and its interiors.
Whether from Aragon or La Mancha, Basque or from Teruel, where, by the way, the rite comes from, and is known as Calanda in Teruel, whose drum parade has been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO -, the catharsis which is the beating of barrels, drums, bass drums and kettledrums (on this occasion by the Cofradía Jesús de la Humillación, María Santísima de la Amargura y San Felipe y Santiago el Menor de Zaragoza) is the same: the elation that generates this feeling of belonging and association sealed by the parading musicians.
The procession traditionally starts at the Carboneras Convent in Plaza Conde de Miranda and goes along Plaza de la Villa to Plaza Mayor, where the thunder roll breaks the silence.