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Riders in Bavarian town brave snow for traditional Easter Monday horse procession to church

  • Local residents dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes of the region  ride through heavy snowfall  at the traditional Georgi (St. George)  horse riding procession on Easter Monday in Traunstein, southern Germany, Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Local residents dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes of the region ride through heavy snowfall at the traditional Georgi (St. George) horse riding procession on Easter Monday in Traunstein, southern Germany, Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

  • Local residents dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes of the region  ride  through heavy snowfall to get blessing for men and beast at the traditional Georgi (St. George)  horse riding procession on Easter Monday in Traunstein, southern Germany, Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Local residents dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes of the region ride through heavy snowfall to get blessing for men and beast at the traditional Georgi (St. George) horse riding procession on Easter Monday in Traunstein, southern Germany, Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

  • Local residents dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes of the region ride  during  heavy snowfall to get blessing for men and beast at the traditional Georgi  (St. George) horse riding procession on Easter Monday in Traunstein, southern Germany, Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Local residents dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes of the region ride during heavy snowfall to get blessing for men and beast at the traditional Georgi (St. George) horse riding procession on Easter Monday in Traunstein, southern Germany, Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of riders in a Bavarian town have braved heavy snow for a traditional Easter Monday procession, taking their horses to a local church to receive blessings.

Traunstein's Easter horseback parade, the Georgiritt, dates back to at least the 18th century. Some 400 horses, led by riders in traditional local costume, process to a church in nearby Ettendorf where both riders and horses are blessed.

Along with the procession, the town in Germany's southeastern corner also stages a saber dance that is meant to symbolize the victory of spring over winter.