Behind the Scenes: Learning The Tradition of Italian Flag Throwing at Epcot


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Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro, or “the flag throwers of Sansepolcro,” are an amazing new addition to the entertainment lineup at Epcot. Flag throwing is a tradition that dates back several centuries in Italy – it started first as something one would see during war, as a village or city would try to protect their flag during battle. In the decades since, flag throwing has evolved into a form of performance art, and many Italian towns still have their own flag throwing troupes.

I recently went behind-the-scenes to meet the performers of Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro, and I was fascinated to learn that not only is this troupe the oldest in all of Italy, but many of the current performers have known each other since as young as age five!

Check out the video below to learn more about this great group of performers.

You can see Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro seven days a week at Epcot. Check the park’s Times Guide for more information. (Entertainment always subject to change).

Behind the Scenes: Learning The Tradition of Italian Flag Throwing at Epcot by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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