“Do you know the significance of the doll dance? Well, as the story goes: a long time ago, a female was bitten by a tarantula spider. And they didn’t have modern methods of getting rid of the poison. So the only way to get rid of the poison was to have her dance, dance the poison out of her.
So the male, he had to keep her moving, keep her dancing. So the fireworks are for the light, so he can find her. Of course, she gets rid of the poison and they live happily ever after. That’s the significance of the doll dance, and I’ve been doing it since 1987. This is my 66th year with the festa.”
(Henry Bufalini poses with the baby doll that he’s brought to life in the traditional dance at the San Rocco Festa for the past 66 years!)