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148° Casole D'Elsa' S Palio

Locality: Casole D'Elsa (Siena) Region: Tuscany
from: 14 July 2024
from: 14 July 2024

The Palio Committee and the entire town of Casole d'Elsa are preparing for its traditional Palio di Sant'Isidoro, the 148th. A tradition born in the mid-19th century, contested by the most important farms in the country (Scheggi, D'Albertis, Querceto, Monteguidi, La Pergola and Lucciana), which was interrupted at the end of the 1960s and then resumed in 1976,with a new regulation and with the birth of the districts: Casole, Cavallano, Monteguidi, Pievescola, Mensano and Casole Campagna. However, in the consolidation of the Palio, the districts have established changes in borders, up to the 6 districts that remained solid until 2023 (Casole Campagna, Cavallano, Merlo, Monteguidi, Pievalle and Rivellino). Just in the past year, given the unity and intensity of joy that only the districts and the Palio can give, the desire to get back into the game returned to the district which, after the victory in the year of recovery in 1976,withdrew: the Contrada Pievescola. This is the first big news this year, the Palio will be run by 7 Contrade; the country unites even more and the party expands in an atmosphere of celebrations and who knows, maybe new rivalries. The Palio Committee then introduced a great innovation: a Grand Prix, which will be held on Saturday afternoon after the Palio test, where the runners-up in the heats will be allowed to participate (this will only be possible by reaching a certain number of horse registrations ). The 2024 program begins with the Volleyball Tournament which will take place from 24 to 27 June; from 1st to 5th July the soccer tournament between districts. Given the success of last year, Il Vessillo is confirmed on Tuesday 9 July at 10.15 pm, preceded by the parade of the districts. A new event is planned for Wednesday 10th July, in collaboration with the Casole Eventi association: the Aperipalio. The evening will start with an aperitif in Piazza della Libertà, followed by a cantagiro with the participation of all the districts, and finally music and drinks! On Thursday 11 July the extraction of the batteries remains at 9.30 pm and the presentation of the banner painted by Sergio Turi at 10.00 pm. The qualifying heats scheduled for Friday 12 July have been brought forward to 4.30pm. At 10pm on the same day, extraction and matching of horses to the districts. Saturday 13th July begins at 5.30pm with the Palio test followed by the Grand Prix. At 8.00pm Christmas Eve dinners in each district. The Sunday of the Palio sees the procession with the Authorities and the Contrade at 11: 00 am and the SS at 11: 30 am. Mass; At 5pmParade and exhibition of the districts, at 6.15pm the blessing of the jockeys and horses, at 7.30pm PALIO, at 8.30pm Dinner on the Rivellino track and at 11.00pm Fireworks. Finally, the collaboration with the Gazzetta di Siena continues, with their setting up of cameras at the track and their live broadcasts which will start from Thursday 11th July until Sunday 14th July. It will be possible to follow all the live streaming on gazzettadisiena. It, Facebook and Youtube; and have all the updates on events on the website www. Paliocasole. It and on the social networks Instagram and Facebook “Comitato Palio”

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