Festivals & Pageants in Emilia Romagna, Italy | Historical Parades, Food Festivals, Costumed Processions, Ceremonies, Folklore Events


Festivals & Pageants in Emilia Romagna
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This is a partial list of local festivals, fairs and costumed events. To verify the exact dates, please contact the local tourist board.


The Palio of San Secondo, June 1-3, Parma
Everyone has heard of the Palio, but did you know that there are many Palio races in Italy? "Palio" means banner, and refers to the trophy that is earned by the winning neighborhood in a battle which might be a horse race (as in Siena), or a jousting competition, as in Parma. This exquisite Renaissance town in the center of Italy boasts the "smallest rings of any jousting competition in Italy." The annual event goes back to 1523, and all participants (from six local 'hoods) wear 16th-century costumes as they try to thrust their spear through that tiny brass aperture. Banquets and street festivals surround the event. For more details (in Italian), visit their website.



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