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Palio of Ferrara 2019

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A month of celebrations, parades, flag-throwing competitions and a spectacular horse race in Piazza Ariostea
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The Palio was made official in 1279 and rapidly transformed into the symbol of a glorious and fascinating Renaissance.

Since then rituals and dates have only changed slightly, celebration in the town has not been altered. A month of celebrations, parades, races and competitions between the eight Contrade [quarters tied to the parish] to win the precious drape dedicated to Saint George, the patron saint of Ferrara.

The already warm month of May welcomes the figurants in original costume who parade through the streets of the city centre and the hard-fought flag-throwing competitions in Piazza del Municipio take us up to the spectacular horse race in Piazza Ariostea.

Timetable

Saturday May 4th, h. 9pm Cattedrale di Ferrara
BLESSING OF THE PALII
The Contrade take part to the Holy Mass in the Cathedral, each of them offering a candle to the altar. The bishop blesses the "palii", the prizes for the winners of the four races all'altare.

Sunday May 5th, h 3.30pm Piazza Municipale
JUNIOR FLAG-WAVING GAMES


Saturday May 18th, h. 8.45pm   
Piazza Municipale
OLD GAMES OF THE ESTE FLAGS

Sunday May 19th, h. 4pm Piazza Municipale
OLD GAMES OF THE ESTE FLAGS
The flag wavers of the Ferarra Palio have been masters of their art for hundreds of years and have won numerous international competitions. These competitions also draw a huge crowd of devoted fans. The music, colour and acrobacy of these exhibitions has the effect of carrying the public back in time to the golden days of when the Este family ruled the city.

Saturday May 25th, h. 9 pm
Corso Ercole I d'Este (from Porta degli Angeli) - Corso Ercole I d'Este, Largo Castello, Corso Martiri della Libertà, Piazza Municipale.
HISTORICAL PROCESSION
The contrade, represented by over 1000 people in Renaissance costumes, parade from Porta degli Angeli along Corso Ercole I d’Este to Piazza Municiplae. In the square, before the Duke and the Este court, they enrol in the palio contests and take a solemn oath.

Friday May 31st 
h. 8.00 am and 5 pm
Piazza Ariostea 
HORSES TESTING

Sunday June 1st, h. 8.00am and 3pm
Piazza Ariostea 
HORSES TESTING

Sunday June 2nd, h. 4 pm
Piazza Ariostea
RACES OF THE PALIO
The races take place every year on the last Sunday of May, to recall the extraordinary Palio that celebrated the crowning of Borso d'Este as first Duke of Ferrara in 1471.
The races, preceeded by the historical parade, are four:
Corsa dei putti - Boys' race (Palio di San Romano)
Corsa delle putte - Girls' race (Palio di San Paolo)
Corsa delle asine - Donkey race (Palio di San Maurelio)
Corsa dei cavalli - Horse race (Palio di San Giorgio).

Where

Ferrara, centro storico e Piazza Ariostea

When

From May 4th to June 2nd, 2019

Contacts

Ente palio città di Ferrara - Via Mortara, 98
telefax 0532 752207
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