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San Michele Feast

The feast takes place in the centre of Carmignano and includes the villages of La Serra and Santa Cristina a Mezzana. There are four districts distinguished from colours and signs:

  • Rione Bianco (White district) or Rione della Torre (Tower district)
  • Rione Celeste (Light blue district) or Rione dell'Arcangelo (Archangel district)
  • Rione Giallo (Yellow district) or Rione del Leone (Lion district)
  • Rione Verde (Green district) or Rione dell'Arte (Art district)

Each one prepares a parade of allegorical floats and characters that performs with music, lights, dancing and special effects. It's a fascinating performance and the spectator goes through old fairs, popular memories, or some aspects of daily life, anyway  connected to the traditions of Carmignano. The three-day celebrations include the 29th of September, date devoted to Saint Micheal, patron of Carmignano.
Every night five different members of the jury express their preferences for the four local parades. At the end of the feast, the fifteen votes determine the winner. The four districts and a delegate of the communal administration start the organisation of the feast at the beginning of every year. They pay particular attention to the "donkeys". The second part of the feast is in fact a donkey race, that involves racing four times around a ring laid in the streets of the old town centre. This feast has no equals in the province of Prato and in whole Tuscany.