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February 26, 2009

Palio dei Micci

The Italian "Kentucky Derby" for donkeys?


The Palio dei Micci (donkey race) was first held in 1956, and has become one of the most important events in the province of Lucca, Italy. Eight districts participate in the festivities, which include many actors in splendid costumes and spectacular theatrical performances. The culmination of the Palio dei Micci is the donkey race, a very competitive and long anticipated event.

Read more about the Palio dei Micci at this link: http://www.vacanzeinversilia.com/eng/querceta.html

I don't particularly agree with some of their practices ... using "vitamins" to help their donkeys perform better, and such. But these donkeys look pretty happy, healthy, cooperative, and they can sure run!

Click here to see a video about Palio dei Micci

As described by the poster of this YouTube video:

"In the quiet Italian town of Querceta there's one sports event locals are really passionate about -- the annual donkey race. Rivalry is intense and passions run high. Eight teams compete for the donkey championships. There's no prize money and betting is banned. But locals take it all very seriously and even import donkeys from other regions. 'Donkeys are more intelligent than horses', states trainer Andrea Pollaci. 'With a horse, you can make it do whatever you want but not with donkeys.'"

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at February 26, 2009 10:38 PM