Siena is divided into 17 neighborhoods, or contrade, 10 of which vie for the coveted Palio banner — and all-important bragging rights.Each competing contrada gets its horse through a lottery and then showers it with love, washing and grooming it in a stable that’s more like a five-star hotel.Each contrada is represented by a mascot (porcupine, unicorn, she-wolf, and so on) and a distinctive flag — colors worn and flown all year long, but omnipresent as the race nears.With the waving flags and pounding drums, it harks back to medieval times, when these rituals boosted morale before battle.The day before the race I joined a crowd in the main square, Il Campo, to see the jockeys — mostly hired hands from out of town — get to know their horses in a practice run called the “charge of the carabinieri.”In Il Campo, dirt is brought in and packed down to create the track’s surface, while mattresses pad the walls of surrounding buildings.Roberto’s friend, Franco, shared his apartment overlooking the race course and we enjoyed the best seats in town.From this vantage point, we watched as the square filled, with pageantry unfolding, flags waving, and excitement building.[...] it was time.At the cathedral, the crowd packed in, and the winning contrada received the beloved banner — champions.[...] the next race.
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SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
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