Friday, July 29, 2011

2011 San Inazio Basque Festival Kicks Off Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 3:52 PM

The calm before the San Inazio storm.

Though the word "kalimotxo" might still dredge up queasy gut rumbles after last year’s Jaialdi crazyfest, it’s time once again to embrace the headache-inducing magic of red wine and Coke.

Tonight is the official kick-off for the smaller, but no less Basquetastic, annual San Inazio Festival. This afternoon, a smattering of folks readied chorizo carts on the closed-off Basque Block and wheeled case after case of boxed wine into the Basque Center.

This evening has been officially dubbed Friends and Family Night, and attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite pintxo to share. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m., and there will be ample food and drink available to purchase.

On Saturday, July 30, street performances kick off at 11 a.m. on the Basque Block with local musicians, followed by young Basque dancers from Boiseko Gazteak, and then music from the Basque ensemble Txantxangorriak. The Oinkari Basque Dancers will storm the Basque Block at 2:30 p.m., followed by the pala championship games for women and men in the Fronton. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, there will be mass and liturgical dances performed by Onati Dantza Taldea at St. John's Cathedral. Amuma Says No will keep the party going on the Basque Block from 10 p.m. until late into the evening.

On Sunday, July 1, at 11 a.m., the festivities continue in Municipal Park with games and picnics. Amuma Says No will close out San Inazio with another performance and dance from 8-11 p.m. on the Basque Block.

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