We walked as a group of six, with cousins Frank and Annette from Gig Harbor and some new friends from Lucca, Paolo and Giuliana. This is the second year in a row that Frank and Annette were here at just the right time to join us. Giuliana is the author of a children’s book (‟On Two Feet and Four Paws” is the English version), and we met her at a meeting of an English book club in Lucca. We had also registered cousin Rita Spadoni and her fidanzato Giulio, but Rita had a headache and had to stay home.
‟It was truly delightful,” Lucy said. ‟People of all ages were having a great time. We saw a little baby that looked like he had been born just a week ago. The local band was marching and playing, and there were clowns and people dressed as Pinocchio.”
We did win a prize (34th place based on our group size), a large laundry basket, and individual packets for participation. But the best reward was the chance to feel part of the crowd and watch the people—one of our favorite pastimes.