As many Spanish traditions, the origin of this festivity is uncertain. Some historians date the first Tamborrada in 1836 during the siege of the city in the First Carlist War. This first spontaneous and improvised tamborrada occurred when some people began to imitate, perhaps mockingly, the military training. That is why today people dress like 19th century soldiers.
Some years later, Raimundo Sarriegui composed the “March of San Sebastian” especially for this occasion. The piece has been played every year during La Tamborrada ever since.
A great chance to enjoy San Sebastian, its traditions and of course the fine gastronomy!
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