Dancing with San Giacomo


I managed to make it to two of the evenings of music at this year’s festa di San Giacomo dell’Orio. The festival raises money for the parish, and though that may be the main goal for putting it on, it’s clear that the event also brings together everyone in the neighborhood. This guy wearing the blinky lights cajoled me into buying glowstick bracelets, which I promptly gave away to some dancing kids. I’ve seen Blinky Man there for a number of years.


Last Friday, Sauro’s Band blasted lively, fun tunes that had people dancing and singing along. As Sauro flung handfuls of their business cards into the crowd, people flung their arms high, snatching them while continuing to shake their hips. Here’s the band doing “Rock Around the Clock,” after the confetti cannon but before the dancing really got underway.

Great selection of tunes! My friend B and I kept trying to name (mostly unsuccessfully) the TV show theme songs and other past popular tunes they played. Can you name this one?

Sauro’s Band did a fabulous rendition of “Tequila” where they stopped abruptly and froze in place, started up, froze, again and again with perfect timing. No video for this one because I was too busy just enjoying it!


On Monday night, I went back for the samba band. A group of women danced in unison, making me think they’re in a class together. Lots of fancy footwork and subtle hips.

Why is it at these feste there’s always a group of young guys with beers in hand, being loud and silly? And lots of children up past their bedtimes? And someone dancing with a fly swatter that they won at the tombola?


My flight left the next morning, so I missed Furiology, the latest incarnation of members of Pitura Freska. Ah well, there’s always next year.IMG_0283


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Teacher, writer, traveler, dancer, reader, photographer, gardener.
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4 Responses to Dancing with San Giacomo

  1. Yvonne says:

    That sure looks like fun, it almost makes me want to go to Venice during the summer.

    Furiology/ Pitura Freska … are some of the fellows who were part of Ska-J members of these groups? Their music does make you want to get up and dance.

  2. Nancy Schwalen says:

    Sounds like a rousing end to your trip.

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