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San Sebastian Tamborrada  Flag raising
January 19-20,
In the diary of what's on in Spain January 19 and 20 should be highlighted. Every year  San Sebastian's marching band's put on a huge, exciting display. One of the best events in Spain and exciting entertainment in Spain.
They call the band's 'Tamborada' and each year at midnight on the 20th January a representative from each band is invited to attend the flag raising ceremony at the Plaza de la Constitución as a prelude to the main event.
The representatives will play the traditional tamborrada melodies together with the members of the Gaztelubide tamborrada group.
 
Historically it is unknown when the first Tamborrada occurred in  San Sebastian. Some people say its origin is the drumbeat made on buckets by maids and their companions, artisans, and soldiers, while waiting for their turn at one of the three fountains that supplied San Sebastian with water in 1836. It is more likely to simply be a development of an ancient holiday or fiesta.

 
 It has developed into a tradition of celebrating the patron saint's feast by going along the streets in the early morning to the sound of a "zortziko" march by the musician Santesteban took shape. At that time the march was played only with barrels, but later loud drums were added.
The participants, who wore at first fancy dresses, were later put into uniform. Every year, at 3:30 in the morning, they came out of the "Fraternal" Society's premises, located by the Castle, beating on the drums the "Sheshenarena", since Sarriegui did not write the San Sebastian March until 1860. They went tireless along the streets until eight o'clock, stopping at the corner of "Iñigo" and "Narrica" Streets, where they waited for the coming of the "sokamuturra".
 
The fiesta starts on the 20th of January at midnight when the flag is raised by the "Gaztelubide" Tamborrada in the former Town Hall, which is now the Town Library, located in the "Constitución" Square and continues for  24 hours. San Sebastian is a very noisy and clourful place for a whole day as the Tamboradas march around the town in traditional dress and costumes.
The hymns by Sarriegui can be heard in all quarters during this time. At midnight of the next day "Unión Artesana" Tamborrada is in charge of lowering down the flag and finishing the fiesta.
 
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Tamborrada  Children´s tamborrada

On the 20th January 1927 the Children's Tamborrada, or Marching Drum Band Competition for Children, marched along San Sebastian streets for the first time.

On that day, at 11.00 in the morning, the "Euskal Billera" Children Tamborrada headed for the "Constitución" Square going through "Puyuelo", "Narrica" and "Iñigo" Streets. In the Square the children played the classic tamborrada marches to the sound of drums and barrels. The local authorities presided the act leaning out of the Town Hall's balconies. The concert was repeated minutes later in the Boulevard bandstand

On the 20th January 1927 the Children's Tamborrada, or Marching Drum Band Competition for Children, marched along San Sebastian streets for the first time.

On that day, at 11.00 in the morning, the "Euskal Billera" Children Tamborrada headed for the "Constitución" Square going through "Puyuelo", "Narrica" and "Iñigo" Streets. In the Square the children played the classic tamborrada marches to the sound of drums and barrels. The local authorities presided the act leaning out of the Town Hall's balconies. The concert was repeated minutes later in the Boulevard bandstand

During the Tamborrada,a group formation is performed in "Alderdi Eder" Park at 12.00 pm. There the groups are judged by the General and his Adjutant. Then the latter, together with the "Bella Easo", goes up to the Town Hall's middle balcony to greet the Mayor. The head drum is chosen by the General, the Adjutant, and the "Bella Easo" from schools that are represented at the festival. This is a great time for children and adults to get together and take pride in their community. It also teaches the children about responsibility and honor.
 

 
 
 
 
 
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