The Bridal Pageant
The bride’s magnificent entry into the town, as reported by chroniclers, is reenacted
in a pageant with over 2000 participants. Dressed in the gorgeous
raiment of the period the wedding guests from Poland and Germany make
their way through the town. The Emperor, the Elector, princes and counts, but
also ambassadors, the town’s elders, camp followers, mercenaries and beggar
folk follow the bride. The Late Middle Ages reveal the elegance and pomp
of the period. In 1475 the procession moved to St. Martin’s Church, where
the Archbishop of Salzburg conducted the wedding ceremony. Nowadays the
wedding procession is hailed by the enthusiastic “hallo” cries of thousands of
The order of the Bridal Procession
The grand Bridal Procession which takes place on Sunday afternoons, and in which over 2000 participates, reminds us of the arrival of the bride in Landshut on November 14th 1475.
It starts from Dreifaltigkeitsplatz, then continues down through the "Altstadt", passes the church of Heilig Geist and moves further to Bishop-Sailer-Place. From here it turns back into the “Neustadt” and via the Jesuit church finds itself once again at the tournament field. All along the procession dancers, jugglers, minstrels and acrobats entertain the crowds.
The Townguard leads the procession.
Children with their nannies.
Town citizens and their wives.
Trombone and trumpet players.
Ambassadors to the Imperial Free cities of Regensburg, Nürnberg, Ulm, Nördligen, Dinkelsbühl, Augsburg,
Donauwörth, Frankfurt and the Duchy town of Straubing. All bearing standards.
Supply wagons and Townguards.
Horsemen bearing the Town standard.
Councilors of the town of Landshut.
Town officials and administrators.
Scribes and clerks to the town administration.
Guildsmen with flags.
Pipers of the Count Palatine
(Count Philipp of Palatines musicians.)
Crossbow marksmen (Traus.....
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Flagbearers with “swingflags”
The Dukes court musicians.
Princes with their envoys.
Margrave Albrecht Achilles,Prince –Elector of Brandenburg with wife Anna.
Princes, Counts noblemen and women from Saxony and Bavaria, from Franconia, Palatine, Würtemburg and Austria with their standard bearers.
Margarethe widow of the Prince-Elector of Saxony (in a coach)
Margarethe was mother of the Pricesses of Landshut and Brandenburg.
Granddaughter Christine.(daughter of the Prince-Elector of Saxony)
Ladies in waiting of the Margrave.
The Emperors mounted fanfare trumpeters and drummers.
Mounted banner bearers.
Emperor Friedrich III on horseback
Duke Maximilian on horseback.
Count Palatine Otto of Wittelsbach (from Neumarkt)
Duke Sigmund of Tirol.
The Count of Preysing
Crown bearers and bearers of court of arms.
Pages with torches
“The turkish Emperors brothe“ Otman Kalixt.
Brothers of the monastic order, and the” Princes of Clergy”
Dominican and other monks of the German monastic orders.
The Bishops of Bamberg, Chiemsee, Augsburg, Eichstätt, Freising and Passau.
The Archbishop of Salzburg’s trumpeters.
The Archbishop of Salzburg.
Standard bearers and torch bearers.
Flag bearers with “throwing flags”
The Duke’s Herold on horseback.
The Duke’s guard.
Duke Ludwig the Rich of Bavaria-Landshut. (The bridegroom’s father, and wedding host carried in a sedan chair)
Chancellor Dr.Martin Mair.
Court officials on horseback. Fraunhofer, Dr.Mauerkircher and Staudacher and many more.
Armoured spear bearers.
Duke Christoph the strong of Bavaria-Munich
Knights and noblemen in armour on horseback with flags.
Tournament judges and officials accompanied by squires and lance carryers.
Landshut court musicians.
Duchess Amalie (The bridegroom’s mother,in a coach accompanied from the Courttutor and ladies in waiting.)
Page masters and pages.
Aristocrats with ladies.
Polish fanfare trumpeters and drummers.
Aristocrats and noblemen and women from Poland.
Junker mit Obristen on horseback.
“Queen” Hedwig the bride in a golden coach.
Duke Georg the bridegroom on horseback.
Pages bearing torches.
Polish leibjäger and ladies in waiting on horseback.
Wagons with the brides escort.
Mounted Aristocrats and tournier riders (Ringlancers and Firehead riders)
Bride’s wagon with wedding gifts.With guard.
The Duke’s court kitchen staff and cooks.
Drummers and Pipers
Mercenaries with headman.
Supply wagons with wenches.
Wagon with minstrels and comedians.
Gypsies and beggars.