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Mag-2013

Sassari, la “Cavalcata Sarda”

My father was one of the founding members and president for many years of the PRO LOCO in my town. PRO LOCO are organizations that seek to promote a particular place, keeping the traditions alive and operating in all different fields such cultural, social, tourist and/or sport events. Since I was a child I therefore attend many events around the island, wearing the typical costume from my Senorbi. Amongst the others, I remember the celebration in honor of Sant’Efisio in Cagliari that takes place on May 1st and the Redentore festival in Nuoro the last Sunday in August.

The “Cavalcata Sarda” in Sassari is held on the last Sunday of May and unlikely the ones above, this is not a religious event. There are two versions about the origins of this occurrence. According to writer Enrico Costa, the first edition of the Cavalcata took place in 1711 when the Sassari City Council wanted to pay tribute to King Fillipo V of Spain with the participation of all the noble families, proudly showing off their costumes. Today’s event was actually born in 1899, in the occasion of King Umberto I and his wife Margherita di Savoia’s visit.

Whatever the roots or the reasons are, this cultural exhibition is amongst the most important ones on the island and many towns from all over Sardinia attend it, on foot, on horse or on “traccas”, the carts drawn by oxen and decorated for the occasion that is. I want to thank Silvio Figus for providing me with the pictures of this year event that took place few days ago. The beautiful colors of the different costumes, the faces of my people and the memories that all of this brings back to my mind are priceless. If you would like to see more of Silvio’s photographs, you can find them at the following address:

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