Rain on the parade

Today it rained in Bagni di Lucca, which was disappointing for the Pinocchio festival. Despite the rain Pinocchio arrived on time in his red car.

Pinocchio festival

Pinocchio festival

Pinocchio festival

A band followed.

Pinocchio festival

Pinocchio festival

School children and their families and entertainers came next.

Pinocchio festival

Pinocchio festival

Pinocchio festival

The damp group arrived at the piazza in front of Circolo Forestieri.

Pinocchio festival

Pinocchio festival

The new mayor opened the festivities.

Pinocchio festival

The children looked wonderful and each had a part to play.

Pinocchio festival

I’m not sure who the bearded one was.

Pinocchio festival

I think this is Geppetto at work on his wooden boy.

Pinocchio festival

Pinocchio festival

There was a band…

Pinocchio festival

and dancing.

Pinocchio festival

There were lots of stalls and things to see and do, but the weather kept people away while I was there. I hope the clouds cleared later.

This is a great event. Congratulations to everyone involved in putting it together again this year.

PS. The weather did improve later and Valerio Ceccarelli took these great photos. (See more on his Facebook page)