St Stephens Square. Traditional procession to mark the beginning of Carnival in the city of Florence. A parade in historical costume that starts at the Church of Santa Maria Novella and ends at the Church of Santa Croce in St Stephens Square.
the city of Florence celebrated carnival twice annually. These festivals took place before Lent and during Calendimaggio, which celebrated the return of spring beginning on May 1 and ending on the feast day of John the Baptist, the patron saint of Florence. People from all classes of society gathered in the streets of Florence and participated in processions, parades, singing, dancing, and revelry.