“Queens”: between rural girls’ processions and stage representations

The article discusses girls’ processions that, until the 1950s, occasionally took place in north-eastern Croatia during the feast of Pentecost. The girls that participated in the processions were typically called “queens”. Once the spontaneous life of the custom ended, “queens” moved onto the stage, becoming part of the repertoire of amateur folklore associations and the national folk dance and song ensemble “Lado”, having appeared in various folklore festivals. The article is based on research done as part of the preparations conducted before presenting “queens” at the 39th International Folklore Festival in Zagreb, in 2005.

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