Lucca is best known for its flag-waving performances having given the world some of the top sbandieratores.
Sbandieratores, as the flag-wavers are called in Italian, keep the tradition alive these days with occasional performances during festivals and major events.
This year, the 18th ceremony took place in Piazza Napoleone, in the historic center of Lucca. The flag gamers and musicians come together for this year’s tournament.
The procession of flag-waving crosses the center accompanied by the rhythm of the drums to the place of the game.
The Tournament includes the following competitions: Single – Couple – Small Team and Solo Music between 7 companies registered at the Italian Bandwidth League:
Alfieri and Musica della Valmarina” in Calenzano (FI).
Flagstaff and Musicians of Città della Pieve (PG).
Gallicane Bandwriters and Musicians (LU).
Bandbands and Musicians GO of the Tower of Grugliasco (TO).
Bandwriters and Musicals “City of Lucca”.
Flagstaffers and Musicals City of Lucera (FG).
Bandwriters and Musicals of Montefalco (PG).
The procession of flag-waving crosses the center, it usually accompanies by the rhythm of the drums and musicians.
The rationale behind flag-waving is to re-enact the ceremonies that took place during the 1500s. This explains why they are usually dressed in medieval clothing.