Festa dei Noantri
For the first time I went out to view the opening procession of the Feast of Santa Maria del Carmine, better know here as the Festa dei Noantri. I went with a friend who lives in Trastevere and told me how each year the Virgin Mary is dressed a different outfit made by local seamstresses. She noted that this year was more traditional with the blue and a bit less elaborate overall, so maybe that economic crisis is hitting everywhere! This was the opening procession (there are a few others I’ll list below), as well as a bunch of different masses. One thing we all noticed was how the elderly population of Trastevere was out in full force, following the procession, singing the traditional songs, etc. One of the major differences I’ve noticed is how active the elderly community still is here. I have a photo I shot yesterday for that, so I’ll leave that topic for a different post! Though not as big as the procession I shot on the Immacolata (which makes sense given this is a neighborhood feast), it was still quite beautiful with a band playing and even Alemanno attended. This is the first time my friend has seen a mayor attend the procession, so maybe this is his way of saying again how traditionally Roman he is? Who knows? All I know is that for now the Virgin Mary is resting safely inside the church of San Crisogono. On July 26 at 7:30 pm there is another procession that will move her to Santa Maria in Trastevere and then a final early morning one of July 27 at 6:30 am to move her back to Sant’ Agata, where she spends the rest of the year. These local neighborhood feasts are quite common, Monti had theirs a few months ago, but the Festa de Noantri is probably one of the more famous in the city, especially for tourists. For an interesting take on the festival, read this excerpt from 1842 where a priest describes what he saw during the procession. Enjoy other pics from yesterday’s procession in the slideshow.