"Buona Pascua in Firenze" Florence Travelogue by cpiers47
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We arrived a couple hours early and still were lucky to get a spot at the front of the crowd. We stood rooted to the group for almost 2 hours, enjoying one of the most fantastic displays of pageantry I've ever seen.
I wouldn't have believed how much skill went into making flag throwing look easy. Pictured here are the adults, but the show started with young boys and moved up through the ages, getting progressively more difficult. I'll admit that at first we were unimpressed and anxious for the "main event" of the Scoppio del Carro. But, we relaxed into the slower pace of the day and let ourselves be floored by the skill of these men.
We don't know who he was or what sort of blessing we received but we enjoyed the moment nonetheless. It added to the sense of ceremony of an already elaborate morning.
When the main event finally began, there was a great sense of festivity. A dove "flew" from the Baptistry to the cart, lighting the fireworks that had been painstakingly placed there.
At one point, people in peasants costumes handed eggs to some of the crowd. I'm assuming they were bona fide Easter Eggs. . .
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