Lajkonik Parade in Krakow


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Lajkonik Parade is an old traditional Polish celebration which takes place every year on first Thursday after the Corpus Christi. The main hero of this event is Lajkonik – a rider with long beard, dressed in oriental clothes and riding on an artificial horse. He always passes the traditional route from Zwierzyniec Quarter to Main Market Square.

He is accompanied with colourful local folk bands and buskers. During his whole march which lasts until evening, Lajkonik beats by mace every met passer-by for luck. This is probably most bizarre event in Krakow which tradition goes back to 13th century and it is to commemorate Poland's victory over the Tatars in 1241.

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