Monday, April 19

The Famous Frog Race of Fermignano

Every year, the Sunday after Easter (weather permitting), the nearby tiny town of Fermignano celebrates its independence from the Duke of Montefeltro in 1607 with what else, but the Palio della Rana -a frog race.

The locals are dressed in incredibly detailed classic medieval costumes - with falconers, live music, fireworks, tons of food, ancient craftsmen and a parade through town with lords & ladies, knights, flag bearing attendants & dramatic drums!

Young men run wheelbarrows through town each with a single frog on it. The runners represent the five districts of the town.

If the frog jumps off, you must stop pick him up & keep on running. There is a town medical specialist that examines the frogs before & after the race to make sure they have not been tampered with. Oh yes- this is taken very seriously!

(Fermignano, Le Marche)

The "guest" of honor is also on every menu in town - during & after the race fried & porchetta-style frogs legs are available to munch on!

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