Saturday, June 19, 10 AM to 6 PM: A family event in downtown Silver Spring (Ellsworth Street), Maryland, featuring the Flag Throwers from Lanciano, Italy, re-enacting a Medieval Pageantry "The Mastrogiurato Investiture."
Sunday, June 20, at Festa Italiana, 595 Third Street. NW, Washington, DC
Monday, June 21, at 12 noon at Baltimore City Hall and at 6:45 p.m. on Stiles Street by St. Leo's school in Little Italy, Baltimore.
Drummers and flag throwers re-enact pageantry accompanying the 14th Century fair in Lanciano authorized by Charles II of Anjou. The event title, Mastrogiurato, refers to the official appointed to firmly and fairly preside over the fair. Together with his escort, the Mastrogiurato was the only person permitted to carry weapons and was empowered to arrest anyone causing trouble to fairgoers. His main tasks included welcoming the fair's "guests," strictly controlling weights and measures, and performing the administration of civil and criminal justice. The street performance includes the administration of an oath of office in Latin to the Mastrogiurato.
SMATCH gratefully acknowledges sponsors of this event:
The Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society of the Washington, DC, Area
Festa Italiana of Holy Rosary Church, Washington, DC
Bethesda Travel Center
Da Marco Ristorante Italiano, Silver Spring, MD
Vicino Ristorante Italiano, Silver Spring, MD
Luigi De Luca, Bethesda, MD
Gia Cafe, Baltimore
Mayor's Office of Special Events, Baltimore
...and the restaurants and residents of Baltimore's Little Italy