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“Living” the Palio of Siena

palio of siena drago

When he was visiting Siena last fall, our blogmaster shot this video (below) of a procession that he happened to catch outside of the famous pastry shop Nannini.

In the video, you see young men from the Contrada del Drago, the Ward of the Dragon, one of Siena’s seventeen “neighborhoods” or contrade.

While the drummer and the flag bearers lead them, in the center of the procession a young man carries the “Palio,” the decorative banner that the winner of the famous horse race gets to take back to its ward’s church.

You can see the banner here.

One thing that’s really interesting to note about the video is that the young men are so serious. They’re not frowning but their attitude is sober.

The people of Siena really and truly live the Siena all year round.

The Drago won the July 2014 Palio. You can see the race in the video that follows the one directly below.

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