HISTORIC PARADE PERUGIA 1416
I edition – 2016
The historic re-enactment “Perugia 1416. Passage from the Middle ages to the Renaissance” celebrates its own tradition, history and culture, paying tribute to the sixteen hundreds years from the capture of the city of Perugia by Braccio Fortebracci da Montone. To recover the old unity between city, neighborhoods and countryside, each District will have to exhibit a varied social composition: nobles, magistrates, middle classes and artisans, commoners and peasants. The last two can also be accompanied by children, held by the hand or in their harms. Who, for various reasons, won’t find place in the parade, can always go around the city attired in historic robes (checked by one of the accredited tailoring, to be seen on the website www.perugia1416.com), certain of giving in this way a factual contribution to the success of the event.
The Districts Porta Eburnea, Porta San Pietro, Porta Sant’Angelo, Porta Santa Susanna and Porta Sole are obliged to take part to the commemorative events; if not they’ll be deferred to the Association Perugia 1416 for the necessary measures.
The historic parade in mediaeval costume will be the most attractive element of the whole event. It will involve representatives of the five Districts abd of other historic re-enactments guests. It will develop along the most significant streets and squares of the city.
Composition of the parade:
Municipal Regency= 32 figures
1 ensign bearing the Municipal Banner (white Griffin on a red background) close to two armigers
7 trumpeters with clarions (from which drapes hang: 2 with the Griffin of the Municipality and 5 with the coats of arms of each District)
10 priors of which 2 of the Nobile Collegio della Mercanzia (Merchant Guild), 1 of the Nobile Collegio del Cambio (Moneychangers’ Guild), other 5 for each Districts and the last two for those Districts that have no priors within the three major Guilds; therefore a total of 2 for each District
8 armigers to close the section.
After the Municipal Regency and the Districts, the delegates of the historical re-enactments guests will follow. The historical re-enactments are chosen according to historic congruence and possibly with a connection with Braccio Fortebracci.
Districts= 19 figures + citizens of “city and countryside” about 80-100
1 ensign bearing the Coat of arm of the District
1 javelin lancer
5 athletes for the “Corsa al Drappo” (“Drape Race”)
6 athletes for the “Mossa alla Torre” (Move to the Rook)
The philology will be the winning feature, in here therefore the mandatory rules. The accuracy of the parade procession, the quality of the dresses, rigorously taken from those of the time – first half of the XV Century – and checked previously by an appointed committee, the mastery of the workshops in faithfully reproducing the appearance of the dresses taking models from paintings and frescos of the époque, will make of the pared an unique show.
It is right to give indications, but they are not meant as impositions, rather as suggestions, so that everybody can contribute for the best result possible:
- the Priors will have to be enacted by mature persons in reference to the other official roles, where a younger age is considered preferable;
- the Captain of each District has to be handsome and attractive, possibly under 45 years of age. He leads his procession solemnly and works so that the rules of the parade are strictly followed;
- being that a paramilitary role, it requires physical prowess. He wears breeches and a short vest;
- for the Dame of each District not too young a person is required, with beautiful features and bearing;
- the Ensigns need to be under 40 years of age; they bear the coat of arms for their District along the whole of the parade; it is therefore necessary that they will be able of bearing it for the whole length without any change;
- the Armigers need to be even younger, possibly under the 35 years of age, to prove the role; the same age for the athletes;
- for all other figures there are no age or gender restriction, but quality is required as well as philological correctness of the dresses, more or less elaborate as could be.
It is mandatory for all participating to the parade to show a correct and orderly behavior, appropriate and suited to the age revisited, adapting to the rules without discussions.
Those who will take part to the parade will have to submit to the qualitative opinion of an accredited external jury, chosen by the Association Perugia 1416: as always the case in historical re-enactment, the commission follows sharp evaluation criterion adding up to the final score (a correct re-elaboration of stylistic and decorative canons in dresses, hairstyle and general appearance; bearing; the synchronicity for the participation to the various phases of the parade; the keeping of the distance among the figure, etc.).
Preparing the June event, many will be the occasions when the representatives of the Districts will wear the dresses: in order not to diminish its evocative strength and the importance of the final exhibition, it is required to wear it only during the final event. Any other public appearance during the rest of the year need to be agreed upon with the Association Perugia 1416.
The choice of tailoring or workshop is free, but the congruity of the dresses with the époque (around 1416) and a certain quality above standards are mandatory, both for the dresses of the nobles and those of the commoners. It is moreover mandatory to reach a high level of correspondence to the celebrated period also for the interpretation of the historic thematic in reference to the competition among Districts in respect to the best philology.
For what concerns the staging, each District will need to think about that of their streets and squares, along with the urban decorum – respecting the regulation of Perugia Municipality – placing banners and all other things in safety for embellishment purposes.
Signs, banners and representations of the Districts, need be approved by the Association Perugia 1416 and cannot be modified without its previous authorization. For all non-observances the Districts can suffer reprimands.
For the banners to be hanged from windowsills a standard has been established, with more or less the following dimensions: cm 75×105 (considering the measures of the pieces of fabric usually 140 cm tall), obviously in relation to the windows length. The fabric will have to be heavy, excluding linings and synthetic yarn fabric. For their sewing some workshops are suggested, following advice from the Association. The banners will be marked with the Distric’s Coat of Arm. Those, public or private body, that have a personal Coat of Arms, can exhibit that instead (For example the Cambio, the Mercanzia, the University, etc…). If not showing emblems or symbols, the banners will have to recall the colours of the Districts. Strong hold to the fidelity reference to models won’t forbid little differences in the execution, giving the whole a vivid and lively air.
The meetings for all participants are set, for times and places, by the Association Perugia 1416. Everybody, since the very start, must submit to all decreed by the persons responsible decreed by the Association.
The instructions will be given to the Captains, and will be followed with the utmost care and with the conviction that the Parade will be the crowning of the directive work of the event.
GENERAL RULES FOR ALL GROUPS DURING THE PARADE
Things not to do:
- chew gums, candies o anything else
- wear glasses
- wear wrist watches
- wear bracelets, earrings, neck chains, rings, wedding rings, jewels or decorations not related to the age and not complying to what stated
- wear too bright and evident nail varnish or make up
- smoke cigarettes
- have showing tattoos
- have strange or uncommon for the age hairstyle (not proper for the time)
- women: no hair loose or bear headed, but for the unmarried ones if with flowers or ornaments in the hair
- talk at the telephone
- wave, smile, talk with onlookers
- put away hat or other parts of the dress
- roll up the sleeves or fanning
- use modern apparatus not expressly authorized by the committee (umbrellas, hats, raincoats)
- wear sneakers or with stiletto heels, moccasins or similar
- get away for any reason from the parade until it is all finished: some derogations may be possible on really serious grounds. During the final Drape race all must stay exactly where stated and don’t move.
- smoke, use mobile phones or cameras during the stop in Piazza Italia, before starting. During the race or the prize-giving
- modify, if not previously authorized by the committee, dresses, both private or owned by the Municipality or the
- make or modify shields, flags, banners, without previously having been so authorized by the people responsible appointed by the Association.