Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pasqua in Puglia 2010: Carovigno Easter parade

The usual start of year trip to Trullo Azzurro to open up for the season. This time it coincided with Easter and the first BA flight of the year on 1st April.

We shared the flight with our new acquaintances and fellow Puglian home owners Colin and Sheila. We met them back in January at the Puglian wine dinner at Enoteca Turi.

Mary, Colin and Sheila in their garden
Mary, Colin and Sheila in their garden

Colin and Sheila's local town, Carovigno, has a full monty Easter parade: Blessed Virgin Mary statue carried on poles, ditto for Joseph and the Baby Jesus, marching band and a hotly contested, flag twirling competition called Nzegna.

Carovigno flag twirling

All the men of the area compete and take it very seriously. They have to look their best and, judging by the spiky hairdo's, sales of gel must have rocketed in the run up to Easter.

Carovigno marching bands

As a consequence of all the men twirling flags the band are predominantly made up of girls belting out the soundtrack.

For photos of the parade see Flickr. Enjoy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I take it you are home and well long before the ash started all these problems. The parade looks wonderful, just off to flickr to see the rest of the photos.