September 8, 2023 10:00
In Canazei, three days with typical dishes and folk music, culminating in the parade on Sunday afternoon of a thousand Ladins in their traditional costumes
It is the great festival celebrating the end-of-summer. From 8th to 10th September, Canazei calls together all the Ladins of Fassa and the valleys around the Sella for three days of typical gastronomy, entertainment and musical performances. The highlight of the Gran Festa da d'Istà is the parade on Sunday afternoon: at 3.00 p.m., amidst the applause of the public, about a thousand participants parade, also on floats and carriages festively decorated, divided between bands and folk groups, wearing splendid traditional costumes. Once the procession is over, it is the turn of the songs played in unison by the band groups and the dances of the folk groups presented on the meadows of "Pian de Parèda", next to the large tent. Famous bands from all over the Tyrol take turns under the tent, bringing singing and dancing to life. But there is also the opportunity to taste the typical dishes that are served non-stop: platters of cold cuts, dumplings, barley soup, smoked meats, shin, sausages, sauerkraut, the ever-present polenta, and then the desserts, including "sones" (apple fritters) and "fortaes" (strauben).
Gran Festa da d’Istà 2023 - programme:
- Friday, 8th of September
7.00 p.m. - Opening of the events pavilion in "Strèda de Parèda" with typical dinner
8.30 p.m. - Music and entertainment with a folk group
1.00 a.m. - Closing of the events pavilion
- Saturday, 9th of September
11.00 a.m. - Opening of the events pavilion in "Strèda de Parèda" and entertainment with DJ
12.00 p.m. - Opening of the kitchen
7.00 p.m. - Reopening of the events pavilion and entertainment with DJ
8.00 p.m. - Music and entertainment with a folk group
1.00 a.m. - Closing of the feast
- Sunday, 10th of September
10.00 a.m. - Holy Mass in the courtyard next to the events pavilion
11.00 a.m. - Opening of the events pavilion with typical lunch and aperitif with a folk group
3.00 p.m. - Parade along "Strèda Roma"
4.30 p.m. - After the parade, folk groups’ exhibition
7.00 p.m. - Music and entertainment with a folk group
11.00 p.m. - End of the "Gran Festa da d’Istà"
Always in conjunction with the parade of Sunday, the main streets of the village and some secondary streets will be closed to traffic from 2.50 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. During this time lapse the transit through Canazei, from and to the passes Sella, Pordoi and Fedaia will be forbidden. The "Gran Festa da d'Istà" is organised by the Canazei White Cross and Canazei Fire Brigade, two associations that are fundamental to the life of the local community and which on this occasion field around 250 volunteers.