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Sagra (festival)

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The 2006 Sagra dell'uva in Marino, Italy, celebrating grapes

In Italy, a sagra (pl.: sagre) is a local festival, very often involving food, and frequently a historical pageant and sporting events: when the sporting event is a historical recreation as well, such as a joust or a horse race in costume or armour, it is called a palio.


The various sagre almost always have their origins in old country fairs or similar entertainments, but many of them now aim at visitors or even foreign tourists, and some, like the Quintana of Foligno, had lapsed for many years but have been recently revived.

A sagra is often dedicated to some specifics of local food, and the name of the sagra includes that food; for example: Festival delle Sagre astigiane, a Sagra della Rana ("frog") at Casteldilago near Arrone, a Sagra della Cipolla ("onion") at Cannara, a Sagra della Melanzana ripiena ("stuffed eggplant") at Savona, a Sagra della Polenta at Perticara [it] di Novafeltria, a Sagra del Lattarino at Bracciano, a Sagra del Frico at Carpacco-Dignano and so on. Among the most common sagre are those celebrating olive oil, wine, pasta and pastry of various kinds, chestnuts, and cheese.

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