August is when some of the most authentic – and therefore enchanting – verbenas in Madrid are celebrated: at the fiesta of San Cayetano Madrileños dance away the night (and day) on the street of Embajadores as well as those in Lavapies, and the Plaza de Cascorro.
The fiesta in honor of San Lorenzo is celebrated around the church named after him on Doctor Piga street, and in the streets around Lavapies.
But the height of all the summer verbenas is the Verbena de la Virgen de la Paloma when, in the age before COVID-19, practically all Madrid congregated around the Plaza de la Pajay and the surrounding streets, and spilling over onto the Plaza de Vistillas and surrounding areas, not least the parish and plaza of the Virgen de la Paloma.
These verbenas, that give Madrid its delightful charm, have all been cancelled. Thanks, Corona. You’ve wrought a miracle such as very few Madrileños have ever had to witness in their long history.
Photo: Diario de Madrid
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