The Easter Parade-The Explosion of the Cart
On Easter morning, I was awakened by the sound of not so distant drums! At 9:00 a.m., the procession of the famous Easter Cart passed by my window! The cart is housed in a palazzo in via al Prato and the parade comes straight down Borgo Ognissanti on its way to the Duomo. The cart is 30 feet tall and the one currently in use has been around for over 500 years! The oxen carry the cart into Piazza del Duomo where the service inside the Duomo is going on. The cardinal of Florence sends a spark out to the cart through the use of a mechanical wire and explosion that lights the fireworks on the cart. The bells in Giotto’s campanile peal joyously throughout the spectacle. This is a folk custom dating back to 1097.
I enjoyed the parade, especially from my bedroom window. A perfect view out of the crowds. Getting anywhere near the cart in the vicinity of the Duomo in order to actually see the explosion, is virtually impossible. It’s fun to try though!