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La Cavalcata

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One of Sardinia’s showiest festivals – La Cavalcata takes place in Sassari on the penultimate Sunday of May, the highlight of a month of cultural activities. Northern Sardinia’s equivalent to Cagliari’s Sant’Efísio festival and originally staged for the benefit of visiting Spanish kings or other dignitaries, it attracts hundreds of richly costumed participants from villages throughout the province and beyond. The festival is divided into three stages: the morning features a horseback parade and a display of the embroidered and decorated costumes unique to each village, after which there is a show of stirring feats of horsemanship at the local race-course. The day ends with traditional songs and dances back in Piazza Italia.

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