The Ride of the Kings

The principal point of the festival is the Ride of the Kings. It is a procession of riders with the King among them riding a white horse and wearing a girl’s national costume, with a rose in his lips as a sign of his silence. At the sides of the King ride two adjutants, protecting him with their unsheathed swords. The riders chant witty verses to praise the King or to ask for presents for the King.

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