"Regatta Storica" Festivals Tip by SPW
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The first Sunday in September is the date for the annual historical regatta on the Grand Canal, preceeded by a parade of historical vessels with the crews in traditional dress.
Crowds gathered early all along the Canal, and eventually the vaporettos stopped running as various historical racing gondolas, police boats, tourist gondolas and spectator rowing boats milled around. A band provided pre parade entertainment and then the procession began.
The parade is led by the Serenissima complete with heralds sounding trumpets, and drummers. Other boats include the Dogaressa which carries the Doge and Queen Catrerina of Cyprus who was honoured by the first parade, and other fabulously decorated boats.
Following these, the racing competitors also parade, decked out in their vivid colours.
We stood near the Salute and as the vessels passed the oarsmen stood and held their oars vertically, saluting the Virgin commemoated by the church.
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