Festivals & Pageants in Emilia Romagna, Italy | Historical Parades, Food Festivals, Costumed Processions, Ceremonies, Folklore Events
Festivals & Pageants in Emilia Romagna
Historical Parades, Food Festivals, Costumed Processions, Folk Ceremonies
This is a partial list of local festivals, fairs and costumed events. To verify the exact dates, please contact the local tourist board.
- Cervia: Marriage of the Sea Pageant (Ascension Day, May).
- Grazzano Visconti: Medieval Outdoor Banquet (2nd Saturday in July).
Medieval Parade and Jousting Tournament (last Sunday in May).
- Faenza: Niballo Palio Jousting Tournament (June).
- Brisighella: Various Medieval Feasts and Pageants (last 10 days of July).
- Ferarra: Palio di San Giorgio Medieval Parade and Race (last Sunday in May).
- Cesenatico: Reenactment of Garibaldi's Embarkation (August).
- Forlimpopoli: Medieval Parade and Horse Race (September).
- S. Piero in Bagno: Palio dei Fuochi Neighborhood Pageants (September).
- Modena: Week of Festivities in Honor of the d'Este Family (July).
- Bardi: Banquet in the Castle (August).
- Ravenna: Carnival Parade (February).
Reenactment of a Medieval Town (July).
- Bologna: Procession of the Madonna di San Luca (Ascension Day).
The Palio of San Secondo, June
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.