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Corteggio Storico - Saturday 8 September

Corteggio Storico 2018 Prato
Don’t miss Prato’s famous historical pageant!

Prato’s eagerly anticipated historic parade takes place every year on 8 September and dates back to the 13th century. Spectators can follow the annual parade of people dressed in historical costume through the old streets of Prato and witness one of the biggest events on the Prato calendar.

This special day for Prato also presents a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the “Sacra Cintola”, the Virgin Mary’s sacred belt, which is preserved in Prato’s Santo Stefano Cathedral and displayed to the public only 5 times a year.

Flag-flyers and musicians, falconers and arbalesters, dames and cavaliers parade the mediaeval streets with parade festivities kicking off from 7.45pm in Piazza del Comune. Having passed through the ancient city, the parade heads to the Cathedral in Piazza Duomo for 10.30pm where the Sacred Belt is held high for all to see from Donatello’s unique pulpit.

The Corteggio Storico draws to a close with a spectacular fireworks display from Piazza Duomo.