Cavalcata Sarda – Sardinian Cavalcade in Sassari
May 20th. Great parade of groups arriving from all over Sardinia wearing traditional clothes
The Cavalcata Sarda in Sassari – in 2018 taking plce on May 20th – is a great celebration that culminates in a costume parade of groups – on foot or horseback – arriving from all over Sardinia wearing traditional clothes and jewelry.
The first ride dates back to 1711 and it was organized as a tribute to King Philip V of Spain.
In 1899 King Umberto and Queen Margherita Savoia came to Sassari for the inauguration of a monument dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II, in Piazza Italia.
The celebration was extended in time as it is still now including the parade in the morning and performances of skill on horseback in the afternoon in the hippodrome.
In the night, traditional dances in Piazza Italia to the sound of Sardinian launeddas and accordions mark the end of the celebration in Piazza Italia.
Festivals and exhibitions of traditional songs are also scheduled in the days before.