25 April 2011

Scoppio del Carro / Explosion of the Cart (Easter Sunday)

I set out early Easter morning to enjoy the procession and the Explosion of the Cart to set free the Holy Sepulchre, a Florentine ceremony celebrated since the year 1099, the time of the First Crusade. Quite an experience!  Rather than give a history lesson, you can read the history here and here. The Florentine word for carro (cart) is brindellone.

I arrived to where the cart is housed and watched from the beginning.  Attached are several photos (click on slideshow) from the morning's celebration.
Buona Pasqua, tutti.

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