Our friend Francesco Sabatini, the Bagpiper, took part in the procession at Cocullo on 1st May this year. He was there as Bagpiper accompanying the Saint in procession!
We already spoke about this very unusual festival that takes place, in this little village in Abruzzo, every year May 1st (see our post 10th May 2012). What we want to show you here are some interesting, colorful details of the procession and the people in it:
In this crazy, joyful, fascinating, old ritual the Bishop and the Priests precede the statue and the local band accompanies them all.
Young girls dress up with traditional costumes for the occasion.
Although this girl does not seem to be too comfortable holding a snake!
The procession is opened by Cocullo’s people dressed up in traditional pastoral costumes. They hold the Cross, the symbols and flags from the town and carry around candles. They all sing as they walk along the small roads of Cocullo.
Some very interesting faces and characters show up!
People of all ages takes part in the procession. Here some women elegantly dressed in Abruzzo traditional costumes.
And more young man playing accordion and joining the music from the Band and from the Bagpipers.
Remember we spoke about the traditional donuts that are made before the Festival and carried in procession in beautifully dressed baskets. The donuts are then offered to Snake Catchers at the end of the procession.
We thank our good friend Francesco Sabatini, the Bagpiper for his beautiful story! Thank you also to Arch. Italo Iacobucci who made these very interesting pictures.
If you want to contact Francesco Sabatini for more information about his passion for Bagpipes (he is one of the very few who still hand makes bagpipes, in his lab, from scratch) you may email: firstname.lastname@example.org