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La MaggiolataBy Nicola Turchetti
The last two Sundays in May mark an important event in the town's history. Called La Maggiolata, it celebrates the beginning of the summer's bounty and is the most important celebration for the 3000 inhabitants of Lucignano. Like spokes on a wheel, the town is divided into four segments: Porta Murata, Porta San Giovanni, Via dell'Amore and Porta San Giusto. Each segment has two colors which distinguish it from the others and the flags of the wards are proudly waved from every flower-covered window ledge. Broom flowers are placed along each doorway, balcony and window as well to celebrate the bounty of Spring.
Beginning on Saturday night of the first week, the festival is marked by a parade consisting of local folkloristic groups that announce the festivities at hand. The next morning, the Corteo Storico, the historical group in town, announce the day's festivities with a sounding of horns. The People's Representative on horseback makes a brief announcement with his "Priore" (his armed guard from ancient times) by his side and the festivities begin.
On the second Sunday, after dinner, the election of the most beautiful wagon takes place. All the citizens of the winning Contrada celebrate their hard work by being the first to sing and dance on the large stage erected for this purpose. The celebrations go long into the night but already the very next day, all the Contradas are back at work focusing on the next year's Maggiolata. This is truly a festivity not to be missed and people from all over the world come to witness this event.
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