The city of Marta, Italy has an Etruscan history. As such, the big springtime pageant is a celebration of fertility. Originally, the goddess Ceres was worshiped. By the 1400s, the festivities centered on the Madonna. But the chanting and handmade parade floats festooned with flowers, not to mention live animals, fish, grain, fruits and wines maintain the spirit of the original feast day. It was a spectacle of abundance that left me breathless. It’s only day 4 in Italy, and the parade of experiences keeps coming!
All photos taken by Patricia Martin, 2012