PALIO DI FERRARA 2014
Flag-waving competitions, historical parade and horse race in typical costumes of the 15th Century
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, and the celebration in the town has not been altered.
A month of celebrations, parades, races and competitions between the eight Contrade [neighborhoods connected to the parish] to win the precious banner dedicated to Saint George, the patron saint of Ferrara. This year the race has been moved to June 1st.
Date: the event will be held from May 03, 2014 to Jun 01, 2014
Event timetable: see programme
May 3rd, 9pm
BLESSING OF THE PALII:
the Contrade take part in 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 at the altar.
May 4th, 9am and 3pm
JUNIOR FLAG-WAVING GAMES
May 10th, 9pm
May 11th, 4pm
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.
May 17th, 9pm
Corso Ercole I d'Este - Este Castle
The contrade, represented by over 1000 people in Renaissance costumes, parade from the Porta degli Angeli along Corso Ercole I d’Este to the torch-lighted Castle. In the square, before the Duke and the Este court, they enroll in the palio contests and take a solemn oath.
May 30th, 9am and 5pm; May 31st, 10am and 6pm
June 1st, 4pm
RACES OF THE PALIO
The races traditionally take place 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, and exceptionally find place this year on Sunday June 1. 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).
Information and Booking Centre
- Ente Palio città di Ferrara
Via Mortara, 98 - Phone: 0039 0532 751263 - Fax: 0039 0532 752207Weekday timetable:
9.00-13.00; 16.00-19.00Weekend timetable:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tourist Information Office
Castello Estense - 44121 Ferrara - Phone: ++39 0532 209370 - 299233 - Fax: ++39 0532 212266Weekday timetable:
By the Ferrara editorial staff (Feb 24, 2014)