Corse di mus, the donkey race in Fagagna/Friuli, Italy

 "Donkeys run for Gold in "San Siro del Friuli
 Corse dai mus" – Spectacle in Fagagna"

Fagagna/Italy (2017) – Every first Sunday in September, since 1861, locals and many visitors
from near and far gather round the beautiful market square of Fagagna in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, near the northern Italian city Udine, to witness a very traditional and truly unique spectacle:
the "Corse dai mus", the race of the donkeys. Yeah I know, it sounds funny at first but it really isn't. Sure, the thought of donkeys racing around a track puts a smile in every sour face, but don't be fooled, this is real competitive stuff and not a fun parade. And it is taken quite seriously by the protagonists, the racers and the donkeys. We humans are competitive by nature, no surprise there. But you wouldn't believe how much racing fever is in these Friulani donkeys when they are
brought to the track, pulling the cart with the driver to the starting line. These adorable but incredibly stubborn animals are powerful forces, they are not holding back. They race like
their lives depend on it. Well not all of them, to be honest, some rather walk in circles and
are happy when they're done with it. But there are quite some real race donkeys in Friuli.
It's not only locals who drive the donkey carts at the "San Siro del Friuli", how the "Fagagnese"
call their converted race track, the Piazza di Fagagna, on that day. Also racers from the
neighboring villages, who every year just love to "steal away" the win, are in large numbers
part of this colorful event. The village of course takes advantage of the visitor magnet
"Corse dai mus" and shows its great hospitality to the visitors during this day of donkey celebration.

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