Thursday, June 22, 2017, 12:00 PM-9:00 PM
One of the most beautiful Cracovian traditions is the Lajkonik Parade: on the octave of Corpus Christi, the dancing rider on a wooden horse, in a bright Tatar outfit and surrounded by a noisy pageant, once again travels from Zwierzyniec to the Main Market Square where he collects a tribute from the Mayor of Kraków and joins him in raising a toast to the city’s residents.
The custom dates back to the mid-18th century, but the popular legend on Kraków being saved from a Tatar raid by plucky raftsmen goes back even further. This year, the Lajkonik’s entourage will present a dance version of the battle between the victorious raftsmen and the Mongol warriors at the courtyard of the Norbertine Sisters convent and at the Square. The pageant’s arrival at the Main Market Square is preceded by a performance on a stage next to the Town Hall Tower.
Make sure you don’t miss Lajkonik's frolics, and don’t shy away from strikes of his mace – they will bring you luck in the coming year!
Programme of Lajkonik Parade 2017:
Kraków Waterworks Complex – Norbertine Sisters Convent – Kościuszki Street – Zwierzyniecka Street – Franciszkańska Street – Main Market Square noon-7pm Lajkonik Parade
Norbertine Sisters Convent 1pm Dance with the banner, dance battle with Tatars
Kraków Philharmonic 5:15pm Dance with the banner
Main Market Square
6pm Dance performance by the “Cracovia Danza” Court Ballet
6:30pm Dance battle with Tatars
7-7:30pm Parade's arrival, toast with the Mayor of the City of Kraków, dance with the banner
8:30-9pm Lajkonik Parade around the Square