Al Zammataro wins the award for biggest fan of Global Horse Culture! Last year he sent me some snapshots from an incredible festival in Sicily, where spectacularly-adorned horses and carts are paraded in celebration of St. Alfio's festival day.
This year, he sent me more photos - taken by a friend of his - with even more detail of the costumes, harnesses, plumes and elaborate carts. There are even puppets acting out legendary battle scenes mounted on the horses!
Because these photos are so unusual and the subject so fantastic, I will post all of them over the coming days, but break them into sets by theme, and provide a little additional information where possible.
A huge thanks to Al for thinking of Global Horse Culture, and to his friend for helping with the photos. Be sure to visit Al's blog - he makes beautiful Native American style beadwork items, and his blog includes photos of his work as well as excellent posts on Native American culture and art. Many posts are in both Italian and English.