The vibrant city of Boise, Idaho, has one of the largest concentrations of Basque populations per capita in the U.S., and its lively Basque Block is the backdrop for the celebration of the culture.
Held each July, the San Inazio Festival honors the patron saint of the Basques. Thousands fill the Basque Block to watch athletes perform in Basque sporting events and see local musicians and dancers perform.
Jaialdi, the world’s largest celebration of Basque culture, is also held in Boise every five years. Jaialdi translates to “Big Festival” and brings visitors and performers from all over the world, with the next celebration taking place in 2025. Unconfirmed reports claim that it takes that long to recover from the celebratory dancing, musical performances, sporting events and authentic food and drink – truly an event that can’t be missed!
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