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Monthly Archive for July, 2010

The last day of the Pilgrimage is a celebration of the life of Folco de Baroncelli. There is probably no one in Camargue who did more for this region, and his life and works are celebrated by the local people AND the Gypsies as he was a avid supporter of minorities, including Native Americans. He [...]

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Help the Roma in Hungary!

Jasmine Dellal is a filmmaker who has produced two films about Gypsy culture: Gypsy Caravan and American Gypsy. I have seen both of them.  American Gypsy is about a family in the United States who is Gypsy, and how they try to follow their traditional culture within the framework of modern U.S. culture. Gypsy Caravan [...]

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Procession of the Saintes Maries

It is the second day of the Gypsy Pilgrimage, and it feels much quieter. We learn that many of the Gypsies are leaving as their Saint’s Day was yesterday. Presumably many of them arrived a day or two before us, and have already enjoyed some celebration days with friends and family. Indeed, we see a [...]

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Saint Sara’s Procession

At 3:00 p.m. we are in the crush of a huge crowd that is gathering outside the entry of the church. We start out with good spots for viewing the Procession, just one row back, but we are elbowed out by a big, tall Italian tourist who keeps thrusting his arm and camera in front [...]

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