In the St. Blaise procession through the streets of Dubrovnik there was one special guest. Walking in the traditional costume of the Zupa region was a young lawyer from Milan, Cristiano Pambianchi. Although Christiano has absolutely no connection to the parish, or even Dubrovnik or Croatia, apparently it was his lifetime wish to participate in the Day of the patron saint of Dubrovnik - St. Blaise.
During the war in Croatia he collected humanitarian aid and whilst working as a journalist forcibly warned that Croatia was fighting a Homeland and not a civil war.
“Wearing the traditional costume of the parish of Zupa in the procession today is a way of expressing respect for the tradition of the local people, their culture and identity - said Cristiano. Yesterday he proudly walked in the St. Blaise procession on the Stradun, his lifelong wish fulfilled.