31 Mar Cavalcata Sarda in Sassari
Cavalcata Sarda: big Spring Festival in Sardinia
The Cavalcata sarda takes place the second last Sunday of May in Sassari, in the northwestern side of the island. It consists in the parade on foot or in horseback of groups from all over Sardinia. Participants dress the typical costume of the place of provenance.
It celebrates the beginning of the spring and also it marks the beginning of the tourist season. In the past processions were organized in order to give a solemn welcome to illustrious guests. There were fascinating processions of men and women that wore their most beautiful and most colorful clothes.
The event was born to celebrate the visit of the King of Italy Umberto I and his wife the queen Margherita di Savoia. It took place in the 1899 to unveil the statue of Vittorio Emanuele in Piazza Italia, the main square of the city.
This is a living celebration of the island’s folklore and a time for joy, singing and dancing. On Sunday the festival features a colorful parade of costumes in the morning. In the afternoon a unique exhibition of acrobatic horse riding takes place in the city Hippodrome. Then more folk songs and traditional dances take place in the evening.
The Cavalcata Sarda in Sassari takes place once a year, it is one of the most famous and appreciated events on the island. It is the only Sardinian Event to have a secular character.
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Phone number: 079 278 275
Sassari is 30 minutes from Alghero; if you want to stay in Alghero, please enter your request here.