• Short Summary

    CROWDS ESTIMATED AT 100,000 CROWDED THE STREETS OF SIENA, ITALY, JULY 2, FOR THE ANNUAL 'PALIO' FESTIVAL.

  • Description

    CROWDS ESTIMATED AT 100,000 CROWDED THE STREETS OF SIENA, ITALY, JULY 2, FOR THE ANNUAL 'PALIO' FESTIVAL. A COLOURFUL EVENT - DATING SACK TO THE 15TH CENTURY - HELD IN HONOUR OF THE VIRGIN MARY.

    THE 'PALIO' IS A SERIES OF CONTESTS BETWEEN TEAMS REPRESENTING THE 17 SECTORS OF THE CITY. DRESSED IN COSTUMES SIMILAR TO THOSE WORN 551 YEARS AGO, THEY FIRST PARADE THROUGH THE STREETS WHILE THEIR CHAMPIONS SHOW OFF THEIR SKILL IN THE BANNER-BEARING COMPETITION. BANNERS BEARING THE COATS OF ARMS OF THE VARIOUS SECTORS ARE TWIRLED AND THROWN TWISTING HIGH INTO THE AIR AS EACH CONTESTANT VIES TO WIN THE EVENT.

    HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY IS A BARE-BACK HORSE RACE AROUND THE CITY SQUARE. MUCH DEPENDS ON THE OUTCOME OF THIS RACE, AND CONTESTANTS WILL GO TO ALMOST ANY LENGTH TO WIN IT. WHIPPING AN OPPONENTS HORSE ON THE NOSE, OR KNOCKING AN OPPONENT ON THE HEAD, TOPPLING HIM FROM HIS MOUNT, ARE AMONG THE MANY ALLOWANCE IN THE 'RULES' WHICH GOVERN THE EVENT.

    THIS YEAR THE RACE WAS WON BY THE ISTRICE SECTOR, AND THE WINNING RIDER WAS PRESENTED WITH A 'POLIO', AN ORNAMENTAL STRUCTURE BEARING THE COATS OF ARNS OF WINNING SECTORS OF THE PAST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8NH5QM7SRR4QSHLICWYA9B78K
    Media URN:
    VLVA8NH5QM7SRR4QSHLICWYA9B78K
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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