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The historic Parata dei Turchi and the sacred procession of San Gerardo wind through the streets of the historic center transforming Potenza into a theater teeming with people coming from all over Basilicata.
Twentieth century history binds Potenza to its patron saint, San Gerardo da Piacenza, and over four hundred to the ancient tradition that culminates in the Parade of the Turks.
May 29 is the day of the Parade of the Turks, no potent would ever miss this event.
Citizens pour into the streets to retrace the history of Potenza through three paintings and three historical re-enactments.
Three paintings as important periods to remember: the nineteenth, the sixteenth and twelfth centuries. The nineteenth century is remembered, in Piazza Sedile, with the lighting of the laccara, a bundle of reeds and wood that weighs about a ton.
The laccara, symbol of an ancient tradition, is transported by about twenty people throughout the parade route and is finally turned on.
The sixteenth century is relived in Porta Salza where Count Alfonso de Guevara receives the silver keys of the city.
Finally, the twelfth century is celebrated in Largo Duomo with a moment of prayer for San Gerardo, a form of popular devotion in the Middle Ages. May 30th is the day entirely dedicated to the patron saint, San Gerardo La Porta. His effigy and relic are carried in procession along the main streets of the historic center.
The devotees follow with great participation.