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The Festival of San Rocco

August 10th, 2015 | By Valentina Guerranti in Parco San Marco | No Comments »

Coming up soon this year as well on 16th August in Porlezza, it´s the well-known Festival of San Rocco which celebrates the town´s patron Saint. The schedule includes many appointments not to be missed: official kick off will be in the morning with the beginning of the “Palo della Cuccagna” challenge at 10am.

foto san rocco It will take place on   the town´s lakeside promenade and it will involve a 10-metres-long pole, set horizontally parallel to the water surface with a little flag perched at its very end. Anyone who feels particularly brave will be able to venture on it with one common purpose: gather all their balance skills to walk the length of the pole without falling into the water and finally grab the flag. This will be available all day long and does require participants to subscribe at the near tourist office.

Finally at about 10pm, the event that we were all waiting for: the spectacular pyrotechnical display, fireworks of all sorts and forms will be shot above the lake amazing people of all ages. There is also the chance to enjoy the show from a different perspective, aboard of the chartered cruise organized by Navigazione del Lago di Lugano, it will depart from Lugano at 8pm and during the journey to Porlezza the passengers can enjoy a meal (hot and cold available on board) and the live musical entertainment. ith little flag perched at its very end. Anyone who feels particularly brave will be able to venture on it with one common purpose: gather all their balance skills to walk the length of the pole without falling into the water and finally grab the flag. This will be available all day long and does require participants to subscribe at the near tourist office. Celebrations will then continue in the evening with an unforgettable under-the-stars dinner at Porto Letizia from 7pm. To follow at 9pm, the lakeside promenade will be filled with the blues and jazz sound of the live band “Frank d´Amico”.

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But this festival is not just purely about entertainment, it also represents culture and tradition. This sort of commemorations are in fact well known among the “Bel Paese” as every town, from the smallest to biggest city, have originally been associated to a catholic Saint and proudly celebrates them on the day of their passing, which in this particular case is of course 16th August. San Rocco was a confessor who was particularly invoked when fighting against plague, he is also considered the Saint protector of dogs and falsely accused people. For the more religious ones of us, or just simply out of curiosity, in the morning at 7pm a pilgrimage to the little San Rocco chapel is scheduled to take place.

Written by Sara Marconi, Reception