For a long time it was considered canceled, now it is clear: The Leonhardifahrt in Grafing will take place in 2021.
In a slightly different form.
- In its more than 300-year history, the Grafinger Leonhardifahrt has not often failed, regardless of what happened around it.
The traditional event was first mentioned in a document in 1708. Four years ago, a storm swept over the district, which is why the horse blessing had to be waived at short notice - too dangerous.
And the coronavirus pandemic also prevented three circling around the Leonhardikirche last year.
The pandemic is not over yet, but the organizers and the city did not want to do without one of their flagship events this year.
The result is a slimmed-down version: Leonharditag is celebrated, according to the Grafingen town hall on Wednesday.
There will also be a symbolic horse consecration.
The question had already arisen in the most recent city council meeting: Will the bypass take place this year?
Driving around and worship, open business: fewer cars, less advertising
Mayor Christian Bauer cautiously replied that only a few chest trolleys will form the festive setting. Ludwig Bitto, chairman of the Grafinger advertising ring, confirmed this when asked. He informed that the participating Grafingen shops would be open on Sunday, October 24th, but from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the same time there is a voucher campaign for the advertising ring. After all, the traditional church service in front of the Leonhardikirche will take place on Sunday in the open air at 10 a.m., and the Grafingen town band will, according to reports, give a booth concert.
Obviously, the organizers are reluctant to actively advertise the traditional day in Grafing, because otherwise the official requirements would probably have become greater.
In the past few decades, the Leonhardifahrt always attracted several thousand visitors to the town's market square.
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