San Leonardo Horse Ride – Badia
3 November 2019. Traditional Festival, horse riding, folk costumes and typical Ladin plates
Every year, at the beginning of November, San Leonardo, a small locality in Badia, commemorates its homonymous Patron with San Leonardo Horse Ride (“Leonardiritt”).
The 21st edition of the traditional festival, reviving local traditions and beliefs, takes places Sunday, November, 3rd, 2019.
The highlight is the big parade at midmorning: inhabitants wearing folk costumes often horseriding Noriker and Haflinger, pass by with floats and marching bands from San Genesio, “Fodom” and Badia.
Saint Leonardo, patron saints of peasants, craftsmen, blacksmiths and servants, also protects horses and knights. At the end of the parade, livestock and peasants are given a blessing.
As in any festival in Alto Adige, the peasant market offers local products, several gastronomic stands with traditional Ladin plates from Alto Adige, such as “Tutres” (fried wafer filled with ricotta cheese and potatoes) and “Furtaies (snail-shaped fried sweets)
In program also chestnut roast, “Uniun Bal Popular Val Badia” dance group, horse riding for children and traditional folk music.
The festival takes place also in event of bad weather.
(photos from Cavalcata di San Leonardo website)