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Carnevale in Rocca Grimalda

La Lachera 2014

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).

Carnevale in Rocca Grimalda

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.

“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.

Who did dat?

Ivrea: il Castello non c’è più!

There is no more castle

There is no more castle!

I seriously thought the orange orb in a hand would immediately give it away in the previous post, so kudos to the keen reader who guessed Ivrea! The Battle of the Oranges is not in our Carnevale plans but with so many to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong with any of them.