Orvieto Historical parades – Orvieto
June 2022. Historical re-enactment since 1339 with 500 figurants in costume
In June 2022, the historical parades of the city should take place again in Orvieto, with the historical and religious processions to celebrate Corpus Domini.
Over 500 reenactors disguised in medieval costumes adorned with gold and silver embroidery, leather shoes, and brightly coloured banners parade through the streets and squares of the historic center of Orvieto until Piazza del Duomo.
The 500 reenactors of Orvieto Historical Parades are divided into three groups according to their hierarchical classes: the podestà with the knights, the standard bearers and the militias, the noble families of the neighboring lands with their banners, and the 4 districts of Orvieto with their representatives and their insignia (Olmo, Serancia, Corsica and Santa Maria della Stella), but also the Mayor, chancellors, trumpeters, flag-wavers, footmen, drums…
Tradition has it that this procession is made up entirely of male characters because, when the event was set up, only the city authorities could participate and, in the Middle Ages, these roles could only be filled by men.
The Ladies Parade, which opens the celebrations for Corpus Domini, represents the moment when the families and ladies of the noble families of the subjugated lands arrived in the city for which the Podestà organized religious and recreational events.
The procession is made up of about a hundred ladies parading until the Cathedral of Orvieto accompanied by flag-wavers, jugglers and musicians to attend the function of Vespers.
The historical processions date back to 1339, when for the first time the Reliquary of Holy Corporal of Bosena was carried in procession. Since 1951, Orvieto Historical Parade has joined the religious procession for the feast of Corpus Domini, while the Ladies Parade has only become an integral part of the historical tradition since 1993.
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