NABO Events Bring Thousands to Buffalo

Basque dancers perform during the parade Saturday in Buffalo.
Basque dancers perform during the parade Saturday in Buffalo.

Everything Basque was celebrated this past weekend as NABO, the North American Basque Organizations, held their annual convention and festival in Buffalo.
The festival also coincided with the 30th Anniversary of the local Big Horn Basque Club, which were the hosts for people of Basque descent from all over North America.
Festivities began Thursday with the showing of a documentary on Basque roots in the American West called “The Last Link,” which features many local families.
Friday's highlights included the sheep wagon auction, which netted $38,600 for the local Bread of Life Food Pantry, and the Festarra which showcases Basque dancing and music.
Saturday's highlight was the parade along Main Street, and the festival continued at George Washigton Park, capped by a public dance in the park that evening.
Sunday had a pancake breakfast, Catholic mass in the park, and the festival continued throughout the park. Athletic competitions and other contests were held in the afternoon.
There was no estimate on the number of people that attended the festival this weekend, but over 5,000 people attended the last NABO festival held in Buffalo in 2006.

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