• San Cassiano - Patron Saint's Day Festival

    Traditional celebrations

San Cassiano - Patron Saint's Day Festival

Resorts: La Salle

Centre of the village

11 August 2023 - 13 August 2023


During the saint’s feast day a special exhibition is held in the Valdigne municipalities: the “Badoche” whose origins may date back to initiation celebrations typical of the early ethnic tribes, including the Celts.

The protagonists of this rite are a group of unmarried young men and women, dressed in traditional costumes.
The first “badocher”, who leads the group, carries a plate decorated with flowers and ribbons, with a sweet or apple in the centre used to collect offerings, while another “badocher” carries the traditional halberd, a stick crowned with flowers and decorated with multicoloured ribbons, a symbol of power.
The Badoche will bring cheer and accordion music to every house in town to announce the feast and collecting money, wich is used to organize it or wich is donated to association in need of help.

The traditional “balli di piazza” are held on the patron saint celebration day where the badoche invites the population to dance according to a precise sequence.
The feast continues with the dinner with typical dishes and ends with the dance evening.

  • Patron saint of the village
  • suitable for young and old
  • popular tradition
  • joy and music


Friday, 11 August

2:30 pm: the couples palet tournament begins - open to everyone 

7:30 pm: typical dinner  

9:30 pm: ballroom dance with the band "I Roeri" (free entrance)

Saturday, 12 August

8 am: Badoche begins going door-to-door through town to announce the feast

7:30 pm: dinner 

9:30 pm ballroom dance with the band "Aurelio Seimandi" (free entrance)

Sunday, 13 August

8 am: Badoche continues doing the rounds to the houses in town 

10:30 am: Holy Mass 

11:30 am: Dancing in the square with the "Badoche" and the music band Courmayeur-La Salle

4:00 pm: Dancing in the square with the "Badoche" 

5.30 pm: Entertainment with the folk Group "Les Petits Sallereins"

7:30 pm: typical dinner 

9:30 pm: ballroom dance with the band "Giuliano e i Baroni" and benefit auction with the "Badoche" ,around 11:30 pm (free entrance)

Come and challenge the mechanical bull!

Entertainment for children with face painting, inflatables and games

Note - this information is not directly connected to the Cammino Balteo path but it is part of the Aosta Valley tourist offer.