The first sunny weekend in February! It’s been long in the waiting and everything good that could possibly happen this month all came in one extended weekend visit to see La Lachera in Rocca Grimalda (Piemonte). Like many folk-type Carnevale celebrations we’ve gone to in the past, La Lachera is colorfully represented in its group of costumed characters and dance rituals. To learn more about each particular character, visit the link given above (italian and english).
The unique quality of La Lachera means that it never fails to draw a crowd of local families, photographers, and those interested in folk tradition. If you’re trying to figure out the image above – that’s a trampolo (stilt walker). The show goes on no matter what the weather is like, and it’s best to arrive at least a couple of hours in advance for parking close to the village. Another interesting feature is the presence of special guest dancers from a different country (there’s a new group every year). This year’s guests came from French Basque country – the Ataitze from Itxassou.
Music, dancing, tasty farinata hot from the fire and what else…oh yes, a number of canine friends in tow (or towing their owners). Mister B wasn’t all that thrilled about the noise but he didn’t mind getting showered with confetti.