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As one can never get enough of horses, festivity & culture, here is the second part of the Ramadan feast that I started telling you about.

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After we had been to see the Sultan’s parade outside his palace,

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we followed him as he rode down to greet the governor.

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Once the greetings had been exchanged, the rider accompanying the sultan turned to head back.

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The horses and their riders is to me one of the most fascinating heritage of the ancient Hausa kingdom.

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One of the sultan’s men on a very handsome barb stallion…

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I could stand all day watching them go by and never get tired of them!

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Luckily for me,

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…there were lots of horses passing by,

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…as custom requires that 500 riders must pass before the sultan!

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Eventually, some of the more important rider had their mounts held so that they could await the sultan.

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You see him in the background under a red parasol!

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The stallions were eager to go but I was happy to were held in front of me, so that I could take pictures of their beautiful decorations!

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Finally, the Sultan himself appeared,

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…greeting the crowds as he made his way back to the palace.

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The Sultan of Zinder

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After the Sultan,

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…the governor “rode” out in his car,

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…and we made ourselves ready for the third and last part of the Ramadan parade.

Stayed tuned for Part III of the 2011 Zinder Ramadan Parade!

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