Stilt Walkers Johannesburg. Information and definitions via the web:
Stilts are poles that allow person stand and walk at certain height above the ground. To enable walking stilts have sort of steps for the feet to stand on, or straps to attach them to the legs. Stilts have been used in many parts of Europe as people suffered from floods, had to walk through marshes etc. In the 19th century there has been competition in stilt walking organized in parts of Spain and France. The prizes like a gun or a sheep could have been won.
Nowadays stilt walking is the main attraction of several festivals. One of them is organized in small mountainous village of Anguiano. It is located in the province of La Rioja in the north of Spain. People of Anguiano organize "Danza de los Zancos" ("Stilt dancing"). The festival is held on the 22nd and 23rd of August in honour of "Magdalena" (Mary Magdalene). She is a very popular saint in this part of Spain. Eight men participating in the festival wear brightly coloured shirts and petticoats that trail down to their ankles. Each of them is standing on wooden stilts.
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