Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Festa di San Francesco

Weekend of festivities in May for the Festa di San Francesco, the feast day of Saint Francis. The statue is taken from his altar in la chiesa di San Francesco, and taken on a special route around the city, on a float carried by a specially chosen troup of men. Traditionally people throw petals from balconies to bring good luck as the statues passes. The klu klux clan in white herald his arrival... remants of the Spanish Easter processions. Luckily the town council hadn't turned off the street lighting back then. This, we had huge carneval florescent lights in garlands outside the church, and cannoli (ricotta-filled pastries) for all. Followed by the usual magnificent firework display. Since then, the town council has gone back to its state of crisis, and is little by little cutting the street lighting in many streets around the town ...

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