The Feast of Narcissus – Rocca di Mezzo
May 28th, 2023. A parade of wagons decorated with scented flowers of narcissus.
On Sunday May 28th, 2023, as usually on the last Sunday of May, it takes place in Rocca di Mezzo, a small village in the province of L’Aquila, the 77th edition of the Feast of Narcissus.
The Feast of Narcissus is taking place in the early afternoon and it is a parade of allegorical wagons decorated with narcissus that bloom abundantly in May in the territory.
The wagons also participate in a contest and every year the winner is the most beautiful wagon judged by 3 criteria: “flowering”, structure, and scenic design.
The wagons themes are connected to the traditions of Abruzzo or to events inspired to the social life of the territory.
The creation of the wagons is very carefully in every detail and the preparation work lasts the whole month of May.
The last week is the most intense one and while the girls and women collect the narcissus, the boys and men refinish the wagon.
The night before the parade is dedicated to the flowering and the care of the last details.
The origins of the celebration are uncertain, but it may be inspired to the “Rose Parade” in Pasadena, California that has been brought by some emigrants of Rocca di Mezzo who returned in Italy.
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