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A decades-long tradition

by Alessio Conforti

Every year, Jesolo offers many events, ranging from tradition to the latest trends. However, the city has always paid special attention to the organisation of events.

The first edition of Miss Veneto dates back to 1966, 53 years ago: the most beautiful girl in the whole region was crowned precisely in Jesolo after various selections in the seven provinces of Veneto. In the same year, Miss Cinema Europa was also held, which saw the participation of unforgettable women. The event was welcomed with a car parade: the girls all arrived on board beautiful cars. Rallies have always been a fixture: for example, as happened in 1971when the Bersaglieri gathered in piazza Brescia.

But let’s go back. In the middle of the Fifties, Jesolo hosted the Giro d’Italia, a cycling race still appreciated today. During the 1970 edition, on the occasion of the 16th Mirandola-Lido di Jesolo stage, a “typical” day at the seaside with lifeguards, bathers and beach umbrellas was reproduced on the Kursaal terrace in Piazza Brescia.

As regards sports, it is worth mentioning the 1968 Karting World Cup at the Pista Azzurra racetrack, a location which has hosted important events over time. One year earlier, in 1967, the International Horse Show was held, together with major athletic competitions at the Picchi stadium.

Culture has always played a key role in Jesolo. Records have been found which mention a literary award dated 1972 as well the famous national Mickey Mouse contest in the Seventies.

The event schedule also includes stunning performances. Today, the Jesolo Air Show is very popular and well-attended every summer. In the Seventies, skydivers and aeroplanes performed breath-taking pirouettes in the air. In this context, the September Grape Festival is another leading folkloristic event: at the end of the Sixties, it was called “Fruit Festival” and used to gather tourists and citizens along the streets to admire extraordinary floats in a parade.

Eventually, the majestic sand sculptures – which are now displayed in Piazza Brescia – deserve special attention. At the end of the Seventies, in Jesolo, there was a real competition on the beach: many participants, both young and old, created amazing buildings and characters, which were photographed and awarded. This event still earns great success. 

Foto Storiche

Gli eventi di Jesolo

1971 - Raduno dei Bersaglieri, piazzi Brescia | 1967 - Concorso Ippico internazionale | Anni '70 - Concorsa Nazionale Topolino | 1967 - Festa della frutta, oggi Festa dell'Uva | 1968 - Coppa del mondo di Karting, circuito Pista Azzurra | 1970 - La volata della Mirandola, Lido di Jesolo , 16° tappa del Giro d'Italia | Anni '70 - Spettacolo aereo | 1966 - Sfilata di auto con le concorrenti di Miss Cinema Europa

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