Late in 2014, new live acts came to World Showcase at Epcot. My favorite newcomers are the Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro. These charismatic young men proudly exhibit their talents in a colorful, energetic performance…a fabulous cultural display.
Flag waving originated in Europe back in the Middle Ages. During times of war, standard bearers led troops into battle. These flags were used to signal commands to be executed during the maneuvers and were defended to the death.
These symbols were a source of tremendous pride for the people they represented. In peaceful times, drills were developed for parades and shows. The routines eventually evolved into the art of flag waving that is still used today.
Modern flag waving has become a sport with several specialties. The Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro demonstrate a few of these. Accompanied by trumpeters and drummers, they’re a fine addition to Epcot’s line-up of live entertainment. They appear seven times daily on the outdoor stage in the center of Italy Pavilion at World Showcase.