San Inazio Basque Festival wraps up in Boise

Posted at 4:38 PM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 18:38:47-04

BOISE — The San Inazio Basque festival that celebrates St. Ignatius the patron saint of the Basques wrapped up on Sunday.

Every year families come together to celebrate Basque culture in downtown Boise and in Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park where they hold a picnic every year.

This is a unique picnic because every family already knows where their spot is and most of these families have been gathering at this event for decades.

"I love all of it, but really Sunday is my favorite time during the festival because we have been doing this for so long," said Ysabel Bilbao. "We get to see multiple generations all coming together to picnic in the park and then go down to the Basque block to celebrate our culture."

The Boise Basque Center has also been working for the past two years in preparation for Jaialdi, a major celebration that comes to town every five years and next year Jaialdi will be in Boise.

"A lot of people come over from the Basque country and we celebrate our culture in a massive way with not only Basque clubs from all over the United States but also the world," said Bilbao.

6 on Your Side's Steve Dent caught up with a family who had a paella cook off and for more on that check out the video.

The Basque festival ends at 11:00 p.m. giving people one more chance to see the musicians and dancers at the Basque block, for more information click here.