The ride of Kings Prague Europe

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Pilgrims from around the world traditionally come to Prague to honour Saint John of Nepomuk.<br />
Venetian gondoliers come to Prague every year for this celebration. Saint John of Nepomuk is the patron of all gondoliers and one of the eight patrons of Venice. The statue of Saint John of Nepomuk is the only Baroque statue situated right on the bank of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.<br />
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Twelve-year-old Frantisek Libosvar dressed as a girl and with a rose in his mouth leads the royal procession during Ride of the Kings as part of Navalis Celebrations on May 15, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Navalis Saint John's celebrations take place to commemorate Czech saint and Prague native, Saint John of Nepomuk, patron of all people of the water. <br />
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The Ride of the Kings takes place during the spring, as a part of the Pentecost traditions . A group of young men ride through a Prague in a ceremonial procession. The ride is headed by chanters, followed by pageboys with unsheathed sabres who guard the King – a young boy with his face partially covered, holding a rose in his mouth – and the rest of the royal cavalcade. The King and pageboys are dressed in women’s ceremonial costumes, while the other riders are dressed as men. The entourage rides on decorated horses, stopping to chant short rhymes that comment humorously on the character and conduct of spectators. The chanters receive donations for their performance, placed either in a money box or directly into the riders’ boots. The King’s retinue returns home after a few hours of riding, and celebrates in the evening at the house of the King with a small feast, music and dancing. The practices and responsibilities of the Ride of the Kings are transmitted from generation to generation. The traditional paper decorations for the horses and the ceremonial costumes, in particular, are made by women and girls familiar with the processes, colour patterns and shapes specific to each village.
Pilgrims from around the world traditionally come to Prague to honour Saint John of Nepomuk.
Venetian gondoliers come to Prague every year for this celebration. Saint John of Nepomuk is the patron of all gondoliers and one of the eight patrons of Venice. The statue of Saint John of Nepomuk is the only Baroque statue situated right on the bank of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

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