PALIO DI FERRARA 2013
Flag-waving competitions, historical parade and horse race in typical costumes of the 15th Century
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 celebration was shifted in mid-june.
May 24th, h.17.00 and 18.00; 25 May 25th, h. 9.30 and h. 18.00 Piazza Ariostea
May 26th, h.16.00
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).
Full fee: Palio: gallery 25.00 euros.