Parades in Florence – history, tradition and fashion (of a sorts)

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Certainly a unique thing to see in Florence is a historical parade.

For those of you that missed the spectacular event on 6th January in Italy, here are some photos of the re-enactment of the “Cavalcata dei Magi” – procession of the Three Wise Men – organised by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.

In the parade were more than 30 ‘gruppi storici’ (historical re-enactment groups) from Tuscany and a couple of international representatives, plus of course the 3 Wise Men working their way through the city to the manger, in the Nativity of Piazza Duomo, where the parade ended.

Similar parades were held around Italy, such as that of Rome along Via della Conciliazione, the road leading to St. Peter’s Square from the Tiber river. Over to 600 people (and a few horses) participated wearing historical garb.


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