PALIO DI FERRARA 2014
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 3rd, h. 21.00
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.
May 4th, h. 9.00 and h. 15.00
JUNIOR FLAG-WAVING GAMES
May 10th, h. 21.00
May 11th, h 16.00
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, h. 20.30
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 enrol in the palio contests and take a solemn oath.
May 23th, h.10.00 and 18.00; May 24th, h. 9.30 and h. 18.00
May 25th, 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