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Palio del Golfo: the villages light up the city with three days of passion

As of Friday, three days of passion for the Palio of the Gulf and the Sea Festival. Friday’s show is the beginning. Grand finale Sunday, when the Passeggiata Morin will host the first race and then the fireworks

 

The most awaited week of the year by the La Spezia villages is coming . Friday, August 5 , the 91st Palio del Golfo opens the dance. All the way to the fireworks that will light up the city at night Sunday, August 7 , the thirteen seaside villages will take over the city, keeping it anchored to its tradition. These are the pivotal events of the weekend: Friday, August 5 , the evening parade of the villages in the city streets; Saturday, August 6 night, the Dinner of the villages on the long tables arreanged in Corso Cavour; Sunday, August 8 , the races in the afternoon and fireworks in the evening.

 

Inside the Palio of the Gulf 2016: it opens with a parade

As per tradition, the Palio comes to town with a parade on Friday evening. Friday, August 5, with departure at 9pm from Piazza Brin.

Palio del Golfo: on Friday evening, before the race, the fishing villages compete in the parade through the streets. Foto Marcello Lello Meloni
Palio del Golfo: on Friday evening, before the race, the fishing villages compete in the parade through the streets. Foto Marcello Lello Meloni

Like every year, the villages will compete – fighting with imagination, performances and masks – in a procession that will take over the entire city. Each of the participating villages brings a staged theme, with a performance involving young and old.

A middle ground between carnival and popular street theater, the show is always deeply felt by people from the sea villages surrounding La Spezia and participated by all of their inhabitants, who assist many along the way.

The departure is scheduled at 9pm in Piazza Brin. The parade then crosses Corso Cavour , via Chiodo , Piazza Verdi , to get back to be completed in the newly renovated Piazza Europa.

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Palio del Golfo 2016: the parade procession backs to the traditional tour, with the end in Piazza Europa.

Last year the sea Canaletto district of La Spezia won the parade competition, among many controversies.

 

 

Palio del Golfo 2016: Saturday, August 6, the weighing of boats and dinner of the villages.

Saturday is the day in which the competition is most felt, but also traditionally dedicated to entertainment and joviality.

At 3.30 pm, in fact, in the Market Square (Piazza Cavour) checking the weight of boats, with judges testing that the weapons of the villages meet the standards imposed by the competition.

At 8.30pm in Corso Cavour turns into a long table, lining up all the villages one after the other for a really spectacular dinner. The Supper of the Townships is, if not to live (you can still buy tickets to also participate as guests), at least to observe with curiosity. Including a glass of wine and a piece of cake, in fact, you can feel the true spirit of the prize.

At various points of the city, meanwhile, will play the music . The program includes a concert by Riccardo Borghetti at 21 Market Square; the musical Pinocchio to 21 at the Palio village; at 21.30 the Urban Center will be the Sound Vibrations; starting at 22, the roads will be covered by three street bands (Girlesque Street Band, ARCHIMOSSI, starlings FORGET).

After dinner, via Chiodo will be traveled by the sidecar Records. At 21.45 in rievocane in costume, to 23 free spins carrying children and citizens.

 

Palio del Golfo 2016: Sunday is the day of the race and of fireworks

Sunday 8 August no more space for jokes, it is the day of the races of the 91st Palio del Golfo. Eyes will therefore be staring at the Passeggiata Morin and the sea in front of her palms.

Palio del Golfo, the end of the race of 2015, in which Fezzano triumphed.
Palio del Golfo, the end of the race of 2015, in which Fezzano triumphed.

Intense competition program of the day. At 4:30 pm the opening ceremony and after half an hour off to the races.

Questo il calendario nel dettaglio:

  • 5pm, Feamale Palio ;
  • 6pm, Juniores Palio :
  • 7pm, alignment of seniors boats
  • 7.30 pm, 91st Palio del Golfo.

Particularly emotional moments will be at 19.15 with the Memorial of the fallen of the sea and at 7:25 with the opening of the rowing duel.

After the adrenalin of the races, the fest at 10:30 pm ends happily with the traditional fireworks .

The firework display that closes the day of the Palio of the Gulf, as usual. - foto Maristella Pafundi
The firework display that closes the day of the Palio of the Gulf, as usual. – foto Maristella Pafundi

Three days of car and mobility restrictions

 

Friday August 5

From 9 pm car parking is banned in via Corridoni, via Castelfidardo, between Viale Aldo Ferrari Corso Cavour and Via dei Mille.

Dalle ore 12 am car parking is banned in Via Chiodo e Piazza Bayreuth.

Vehicules parked in via Roma (via Di Monale – Via Rosselli) and Via Rosselli ( Via Roma – Corso Cavour) cannot transit from 9pm to 11pm.

During the parade, the vehicular traffic will be diverted in 3 main roads: Aurelia, Viale Italia -Spallanzani and Viale Amendola.

Saturday August 6

To allow motoring event to be held in Via Chiodo from 9 to 12 pm is expected, the ban in VIa Chiodo and transversal streets is expected.

It will be allowed to cross Via Chiodo by public transport from Via Gramsci towards the sea, while the private vehicle traffic will be diverted from Via Gramsci Viale Amendola at via Rosselli. In addition to the Supper of the Townships in Corso Cavour between Via Chiodo and Rosselli and from the concert in Piazza Beverini access to the Square will be banned from 9pm.

Sunday August 7

Prohibition to park in Viale Italy, included the stretch between Via Diaz and Via XX Settembre.

Car Parking banned in the Passeggiata Morin area for the whole day.

 

Cove photo by Samuel Fava
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