PANTERA (PANTHER)

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    La Contrada della Pantera

    La Contrada della Pantera is one of 17 contradas that make up a huge cultural tradition that remains a strong influence with each passing generation, despite the advances in technology that have made TV watching and iPhones more popular and ever-present here than in the US.
    Brief Information of La Contrada della Pantera:
    Symbol: Spotted Panther
    Colours: Celeste blue and red edged with white
    Motto: The Panther roared and shook the people. My momentum breaks down every obstacle.
    Palio Victories: 29, Last win: 2 July 2006
    Allied Contradas: Chiocciola (Snail), Civetta (Owl), Giraffa (Giraffe), Leocorno (Unicorn)
    Rival Contradas: Aquila (Eagle)
    The Hymn

    On, panther! Every street corner,  every house in our ward,  awakens the beautiful district of  singing, happy and a sweet song.
    Red, burning flame colored  and blue sky: the most expensive,  the most beloved, our flag,  makes us children of the same mother.
    Today is the feast: Victory smiles  and the sun gilds with the rays  of the district by Stalloreggi  kisses in the wind, our flag.
    Go up to the sky this hymn of glory!  Panther, so indomitable and proud  boldly well win every race  today celebrates your people for you!
    Take, jumps, Pantera! Every peak  is reached, our hope  will turn to you, in joy!  ... Win a Palio invoked expects!
    Letizia every face smiling.  's Two Doors s'adornino to party!  Panther never sleeps has arisen:  the "Madonna del Corvo" the guide!
    Today is the feast: Victory smiles  and the sun gilds with the rays  of the district by Stalloreggi  kisses in the wind, our flag.
    Go up to the sky this hymn of glory!  Panther, so indomitable and proud  boldly well win every race  today celebrates your people for you!

    The Territory
    La Contrada della Pantera has its headquarters in Via San Quirico, which takes it name from the church parish of Saints Quirico and Giuditta—perhaps the oldest church in Siena, built on a pagan temple dedicated to the god Quirinus.
    The Origins
    La Contrada della Pantera began in the area of Siena located west of the city containing the populated portion of a district represented by the military companies of Stalloreggi di Dentro and Stalloreggi di Fuori. The name was taken after the construction of a machine depicting a panther, the insignia of the city of Lucca, in homage to the wealthy silk merchant residents of Lucca who marched in the procession of various public events organized by the Sienese during the Italian Renaissance.
    Cultural Relevance
    Like I stated before, this contrada (as with the rest of the contradas) is a very important community as well as a long-standing form of cultural heritage and tradition to the Sienese people. It is one of the contradas which competes every summer in the Palio di Siena. For every one who competes in the Palio or is a member of a contrada, preparing with their contrada for the Palio is a very significant part of life. The Palio and the contrada originated from many many years ago, but still hold almost the same level of significance and impact on the daily lives of those within the contradas and even somewhat for Sienese outside of them.

    A video of the last Palio victory held by La Contrada della Pantera.
     

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