THE HISTORICAL PROCESSION OF SIGNA

THE HISTORICAL PROCESSION OF SIGNA The Historical Procession of Signa, in its current form, was born in 1971 at the hands of people who had and who care about the history, traditions and religious faith of our people of Signa, among which we like to remember the figure of the late Prime Marinelli, who was the inspiration and the initiator. Then it was decided to commemorate the visit, which took place in 1720, for the Feast of the Pentecost, the Princess of Tuscany Violante Beatrice of Bavaria, wife of Ferdinando I de 'Medici, and Eleonora Princess of Guastalla, widow of Francis Marian Serene Prince, who came a Signa to participate in the procession to the transfer of the body of the Blessed Giovanna and by venerating the remains. They were then created the costumes faithful at that time that it was intended to evoke, princes, princesses, pages, but the procession was composed mainly of children and young people of both sexes, without adults. But in 1988 it was decided to recall, however, the procession took place in 1385 on the occasion of the translation of his body, and he began to create new costumes pertaining to this period, thinking this time to engage, as well as children and young people of both sexes, even adults. And this choice has been a great success: today, the parades of the Historical Parade, participating families. The Historical Parade is made possible thanks to the work and commitment of many residents constant, and has now assumed considerable proportions. Its composition is a maximum of about 300 people, but backs off and he marched with setups as reduced (about 100 people), or even minimal (about 30-50 people) and you may well show what ideal frame for opening ceremonies , in addition to the traditional parade historical. The rich costumes, all made by hand, using quality materials and are particularly suitable are the result of extensive research and accurate historical reconstructions, detected by paintings, drawings and frescoes from the first half of the fifteenth century, and are enriched with hairstyles and jeweler, weapons and friezes of the same era. II hard work of the Historical Parade The historical, realized thanks to the work and commitment of many residents constant, has today assumed considerable proportions, thus demonstrating a willingness to maturation and growth, harbingers of further developments. The costumes are the result of extensive research and accurate historical reconstructions, detected by paintings, drawings and frescoes from the first half of the fifteenth century, but also hard work and love on the part of citizens who give the best of themselves to the community. BeataGiovannaSigna4.jpg Thank you, and these people who are doing their utmost to make it more beautiful and varied Realizing the costumes, getting richer, and the weapons and accessories of the time, even drummr-boy, the Chiarinists. Archers and the Flag-wavers, they prepare all year with commitment and continuity and all the participants in the parades. We also thank anyone, in any way, contributed and still contribute to helping make the Historical Parade one of the city's most admired by all. Thank you, finally, the Worshipful Company of SS.mo Sacramento and the Holy Spirit, the Archaeological Group of Signa, the Pro Loco, the City of Signa, all civil authorities, religious and military, all companies, shops and citizens who with their contributions make it possible to support all the expenses otherwise insurmountable years, the local banks, among which we especially remember the Cooperative Credit Bank of Signa. THE FEAST OF THE BLESSED GIOVANNA The Feast of the Blessed Giovanna which takes place every year on Easter Monday in Signa, is one of the highest and opportunities perceived by the population of Signa. And 'This is perhaps the fact that most lends itself to a festive meeting of all the inhabitants of Signa, which always find their unity in the name of Blessed Joan, one of the most important figures of our local history. The Blessed Giovanna was born, according to some documentary sources, in 1266 a Signa, where he distinguished himself in prayer and contemplation. From every part of Tuscany evolved towards her various forms of popular veneration that, at their core, they arrived until today. II solemn procession which, with its own customs of the fifteenth century, recalls the procession on the occasion of the translation of his body, which occurred in 1385, is the form in which currently we remember our great compatriot, parade that is itself part of a religious procession. Its roots, so deeply rooted in the history, religion and tradition of our people to Signa. A centuries-old tradition Reenactment and religion go together hand in the events of Monday in Signa, giving rise to an initiative of considerable interest and showmanship. To promote the event is the Worshipful Company of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Spirit, born in 1348 as a Company of the Whites. Its origin is very ancient, dating back to the distant 1385 the first procession in honor of the Blessed, the patron saint of the city, established in the year 1385 on the occasion of the transfer of his remains. The Feast of the Blessed Giovanna, which takes place on Easter Monday in Signa, recalls with a parade made up of about 300 people in period costumes of the fifteenth century, who parade through the streets of Signa, the first procession in honor of the Blessed, perpetuating a centuries-old tradition, the characteristics of which have been shifting over time, but there's still a still strong popular participation. It has, however, lost its religious connotation, despite having acquired a precise historical dimension. Born in 1971 (after a first costume parade in 1946) as the only religious event, it has gradually increased its importance, increasing in size and enriched with related initiatives (such as the Banner of the Archers of the Peoples of Signa, during the Ancient September Festival , which sets the order of precedence of the four Peoples in the Parade) and has turned into a demonstration by the sensitive direction and the equally prepared script. The historical grew up with the country and has now become a show of great attraction. The historical parade opens with the Banner, escorted by the Halberdiers, followed by the Corps of Musicians, with its Drummer-boy and his Chiarinist but are followed by the 14 flags of the Minor Arts and the Arts More 7 flags (ie the ancient guilds of work of Renaissance Florence). Behind follow the Handmaids with flowers and votive lamp, each accompanied by two Pages. Then follows the urban district of the historical parade, escorted by two Page; behind, followed by the four Peoples that was once divided Signa: Santa Maria in Castle, San Miniato, St. John and St. Lawrence, each of which is composed of two leading Pages the shield with the sign of the People, by a bishop with the flags of their people, escorted by the Archers, a pair of Nobles, some couples with the Ladies of the Knights, from Damsels, from the Good Shepherd (in memory of the activity Blessed by a Signa and vicinity), and close by a servant carrying a jar with oil for the votive lamp, accompanied by two Pages. After the four Peoples, is the Banner, followed by the Herald that bears the Proclamation of the People, who was also accompanied by two Pages with the caskets. Follow the Damsels of the Body of Medieval Ball and then the Little Servants. Then follow the flag-waving, and, finally, the Handmaid with the key to the city. Then follows the Old City of Signa. It opens with the Captain of the People, escorted by Armed, followed then the Drummer-boy of the City, then comes the Banner with the insignia of the City, escorted by two Pennonieri; follow behind the mayor, the notary and the Camarlingo General. After the authorities, follows a representation of the Nine of the General Council of the Commune, and, in closing, the basis of the Armed. Next came the parish priest of Signa and the Worshipful Company of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Spirit, that of the Whites, and the little donkey on the back with a young child, dressed as a cherub. Arrived in the Square, the historical parade you have in front of the church of San Giovanni Battista, the place of the final ceremony, during which the Handmaids with the flowers, with the votive lamp and the jars with the oil for the latter, accompanied by Alfieri of Peoples with their insignia, by the Mayor, the Notary and the Camarlingo General, come to pay homage and lay their gifts to the urn of the Blessed: Bridesmaids then the Corps de Ballet Medieval perform in a dance in honor of the Blessed: then the Herald reads the Proclamation of the People and the parish priest of Signa imparts to all peoples and to all those present at the solemn blessing in the name of the Blessed Giovanna. At one time all the neighboring parishes participated in the ceremony each sending their little angels on a donkey, holding a bird (which was then released in Parish, thus fulfilling a function of prediction for the year). The presence of the angel and the sparrows is related to two miracles attributed to Blessed: the resurrection of a child and the healing of a sparrow. Today the procession involves only Signa and comes in Parish a single donkey, but the event is increasingly felt in the country and in the surrounding area, so as to revive the desire to return to these ancient traditions, which saw the participation of pastors and all the parishioners of the countryside. FOUR FLAGS FOR FOUR PEOPLE Signa, like all the most ancient cities, divided territorially in military and administrative Terzieri, Neighborhoods or Quarter, was formerly divided into four parts or Peoples: Santa Maria in Castle, San Lorenzo, San Miniato and San Giovanni. Peoples took its name from the main church that was inside each of them, and their Santo was elected as the protector of the people itself. In the procession are represented by Alfieri, each of which carries the flag (or sign) of its people. The flag of Santa Maria in Castle is on a white field, dominated by a large blue lily, is surrounded by lists made with silver and purple Marian symbols, in honor of the Virgin, the patron of this people. That of San Lorenzo is in black and green field, dominated by a diagonally grill silver, symbol of the Holy Martyr remembered by this people. The flag of San Miniato, however, is surmounted by a crown pierced by a sword in memory of the martyrdom of Saint Florentine, a black field, with the bottom of flaming orange. Finally, one of San Giovanni is dominated by a large red cross on a white field, the sides are of the waves, symbolizing the water of baptism, and, in a shield, the crux of the Baptist residents. PALIO OF THE ARCHERS OF THE PEOPLES OF SIGNA The Banner of the Archers of the Peoples of Signa, which takes place in Signa, in the course of the Ancient Fair of September, in the first week of the month, is one of institutional events organized by the Historical Parade. This event, from a purely historical, going back to some of the old rivalries between the four peoples that was once divided Signa, which have been handed down, with the memory, to the present day. It begins with a historical parade, starting from the Church of San Lorenzo, reaches, after having walked the streets of the Castle, the Ivy Garden, where the Banner of the Archers. Archers, previously awarded by a public drawing of lots by the Masters of the Field, one of the four Peoples, an equal number of people for each, are arranged on a line of fire, from which then popping their arrows in the direction of 3 different targets, then placed on the circular straw targets, placed at a distance of about 16 meters from the firing line. The shooting order of the Archers is determined by the ranking of Peoples in the race last year. Each archer will pull three volleys of six arrows each. For each arrow in the first volley hit the target of a saucer, the People for which pulls the Archer will be entitled to a point. For each arrow in the second volley hit the target of the shield inside the drilled hole, which pulls the People for the Archer will be entitled to a point. For each arrow in the third volleys hit the target disk holding tension in a headband, which is notched on one dart, and make the low dart upward, and only in this case, the People for which pulls the Archer will be entitled to five points. Every Damsel will pull two volleys of six rings each. For each link that will be inserted onto the nozzle at the base of the tower, the people that pull the Damsel will be entitled to a point. Each Pages will pull two volleys of six balls each. For each ball that will be inserted into the window in the center of the tower, the people that pull the Pages will be entitled to a point. In the event that an archer shoots more than six arrows or a Damsel shots over six rings or a Pageboy shots over six balls allowed per volleys, will be removed from the target many arrows, rings, or how much those balls pull in more, then will proceed to the count of the points of the volleys. The total score obtained from the Archers, from Damsels and Pages each of the four Peoples, at the end of the volleys of race, duly considered, will determine the ranking, whereby the Banner will be given to the people that received the highest score. At the end of the race, in case of a tie on points between Peoples, will be made a playoff with a volley of six arrows per archer of only Peoples in a tie, with the target of the shield drilled, until the winner is determined. The volleys of arrows shot in the playoff will be entitled to one point for every arrow to hit the target. The Damsels and Pages not participate in the play-off. To the people who with his archers, his Damsel and her Pageboy have won the race, the Banner will be assigned, and it will have the right and honor to adorn with their own colors the donkey in the historical procession for the Feast Blessed Joan of the following year and to parade the Banner won within their own people up to the race the following year. The Archers, the Damsel and the Pageboy who have helped to win the race to your people will be awarded a trophy. THE HISTORICAL PROCESSION OF SIGNA Imagine being in the Renaissance, Florence or in one of the towns of the county. Walking through the streets, around the corner, suddenly, you come across a procession. Or rather, they're already in the middle ... Well, this is the right atmosphere to be able to enjoy one of the many parades of the Historical Parade of Signa. Look at the symbols, civilian, military, administrative, power, Signa Renaissance: the Gonfalon, the Banner, the flags of Peoples, the flags of the Florentine Arts and Crafts, the colors that distinguish Nations. You see whole families of nobles or notables of Signa era: the aristocracy, and the noblewomen, their children, their Servants, and their attendants, their Dame, their Knights, their bridesmaids, their Pages. Admire the civil authorities of the Signa of the Renaissance: the mayor, the notary, the Camarlingo General, the Nine of the General Council of the Municipality, the representatives of all the Arts and Crafts. Appreciate the military authorities Signa Renaissance: the Captain of the People, the Ensigns, the Halberdiers, the Archers, the Armed, the Pennonieri, the Drummer-boy and Chiarinist. Discover the religious authorities of Signa since then: the parish priest, the priests of the parishes that had formed part of the parish church and the Companies or religious confraternities of tempo.corteostorico.jpg And enjoy, in all the figures of the time, the rich and beautiful costumes, handcrafted as then, with an infinite number of colors, designs, patterns, features of, strictly vintage, in their faces, in their behaviors, their customs, their shoes, their hairstyles and their costume jewelry in their arms and in their friezes ... there n 'is of equal ... and the ancient sound of drums and trumpets, which rises in the sky ... A glimpse of life Renaissance ... a leap in our past more beautiful and fruitful, to better understand our present and to better build our future ... This, basically, is the historical procession of Signa. The Historical Procession of Signa, in its current form, was born in 1971 at the hands of people who had and who care about the history, traditions and religious faith of our people of Signa, among which we like to remember the figure of the late Prime Marinelli, who was the inspiration and the initiator, it is made possible thanks to the work and commitment of many signesi constant, and has now assumed considerable proportions. Its composition is a maximum of about 300 people, but parades and marched with setups as re duced (about 100 people), or even minimal (about 30-50 people) and you may well show what ideal frame for opening ceremonies , in addition to the traditional parades storiche. The rich costumes, all made by hand, using quality materials and are particularly suitable are the result of extensive research and accurate historical reconstructions, detected by paintings, drawings and frescoes from the first half of the fifteenth century, and are enriched with hairstyles and jewelery, weapons and friezes of the same era. II Historical Pageant was created to commemorate the solemn procession on the occasion of the transfer of the body of the Blessed Giovanna, which took place in 1385, and is the form in which currently we remember our great compatriot, the patron saint of Signa, Procession which is itself an integral part of a religious procession. The Feast of the Blessed Giovanna which takes place every year on Easter Monday in Signa, is one of the highest and opportunities perceived by the population of Signa. And 'This is perhaps the fact that most lends itself to a festive meeting of all the inhabitants of Signa, which always find their unity in the name of Blessed Joan, one of the most important figures of our local history, who was born, according to some sources documentary in 1242 in Signa, where he distinguished himself in prayer and contemplation. From every part of Tuscany evolved towards her various forms of popular veneration that, at their core, they arrived until today. The historical grew up with the country and has now become a show of great attraction. Born as a manifestation only religious, it has gradually increased its importance, increasing in size and enriched with related initiatives (such as the Banner of the Archers of the Peoples of Signa, during the Old Fair in September, which sets the order of precedence of the four Peoples in Procession) and has turned into a demonstration by the sensitive direction and the equally prepared script. Its roots, so deeply rooted in the history, religion and tradition of our people to Signa. The historical parade was to: The historical Signa, in addition to institutional manifestations in Signa, which are those on the occasion of the Feast of the Blessed, on Easter Monday, and the Banner of the Archers of the Peoples of Signa, during the Old Fair in September, the first week of month, participates in other events of purely historical in other countries or cities of Tuscany, Italy and even abroad. The first event outside Signa dates back to May 1985, on the occasion of the European Year of Music, organized dall'Ambima, who also participated in the historical procession of Signa, parading with all bands present in Rome, with its Drummer-boy and its Chiarinist: remember, in particular, the parade in May 1987, Rome - Vatican City, received by His Holiness Pope John Paul I. Following the historical procession of Signa has marched in numerous other occasions, both in Signa than in other countries and cities, among which, in particular: May 1985 - Rome - European Year of Music January 2005 - Florence - Cavalcade of the Magi May 1987 - Rome - Vatican City in June 2005 - Malmantile (FI) - Medieval Festival May 1987 - Città di Castello (PG) July 2005 - Florence - Feast of St. Anne May 1990 - Maromme (France) November 2005 - Pistoia - Tuscany Feast June 1991 - Lastra a Signa (FI) January 2006 - Florence - Cavalcade of the Magi June 1993 - Campi Bisenzio (FI) July 2006 - Florence - Feast of St. Anne June 1993 - Host of Montemurlo (PO) November 2006 - Livorno - Tuscany Feast September 1993 - Montecatini Terme (PT) January 2007 - Florence - Cavalcade of the Magi May 1994 - Malmantile (FI) - Medieval Festival July 2007 - Florence - Feast of St. Anne September 1994 - Campi Bisenzio (FI) September 2007 - Calenzano - Drappa March 1995 - Sarteano (SI) - Historical Parade-November 2007 Montepulciano Festival d.Toscana May 1995 - Scandicci (FI)-Feast of St. Zenobius January 2008 - Florence - Cavalcade of the Magi May 1995 - Malmantile (FI) - Medieval Festival July 2008 - Florence - Feast of St. Anne June 1995 - Maromme (France) November 2008 - Prato - Tuscany Feast October 1995 - Florence - with spin me. G. Green January 2009 - Florence - Cavalcade of the Magi June 1996 - Oberdrauburg (Austria) June 2009 - Maromme (France) September 1996 - Florence - Wine Festival July 2009 - Florence - Feast of St. Anne August 1997 - Cerreto Guidi (FI) November 2009 - Camaiore - Festival d. Tuscany June 1998 - Malmantile (FI) - Medieval Festival January 2010 - Florence - Cavalcade of the Magi July 1999 - Passignano sul Trasimeno (PG) July 2010 - Florence - Feast of St. Anne September 1998 - Borgo San Lorenzo (FI) November 2010-Arezzo - Tuscany Feast January 2000 - Florence - Cavalcade of the Magi January 201 1 - Florence - Cavalcade of the Magi June 2000 - Castagneto Carducci (LI) May 2011 - Malmantile - Medieval Festival May 2001 - Malmantile (FI) - Medieval Festival July 2011 - Florence - Feast of St. Anne May 2003 - Campi Bisenzio (FI) July 2011 - Ponte a Signa Festa Sant'Anna July 2003 - Florence - Feast of St. Anne October 2011 - Carmignano - Race of Donkeys November 2003 - Mass - Feast of Tuscany January 2012 - Florence - Cavalcade of the Magi July 2004 - Florence - Feast of St. Anne May 2012 - Malmantile - Medieval Festival November 2004 - Pisa - Tuscany Feast August 2012 - Florence - Feast of Sant 'Anna Others will, later on, the parades out of our city, we are working to make ourselves known also from other countries and cities in Italy and Europe.

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