St George Parade and St George Day (06 September)
On the first Sunday in September in Ruhpolding’s village centre
On Sunday at 6:30 am, cannon shots introduce the old religious custom of the ‘Georgiritt’, or Georgi Ride in Ruhpolding. The march to the horse blessing is at 10:00 am – the ride back is at approximately 11:30 am. The origin of the ‘Irgn Ride’ as it was called in the past goes back to the 16th century when farmers and other horse owners asked for God’s blessings for their horses.
Again this year about 180 horses and their owners from Ruhpolding and the surroundings are expected to take part in this votive ride in Ruhpolding. Cold-blooded horses and Haflingers, as well as Pinzgauer and riding horses, are represented. More than 10 lovingly decorated festival wagons accompany the superb parade to St Valentine. The carved figure of St George from the Ruhpolding parish church is carried.
Mass is held at 10:30 am by Ruhpolding’s priest in the St Valentine church. The farmers, horse owners and riding associations pray to their patron saint St George for blessing. Afterwards, the animals and riders return to the village square where the procession slowly ends.
After the traditional parade, local stores invite everyone to stroll and shop during a day of Sunday shopping.