The Historical Carnival of Ivrea
Tuesday is the last day of the battle. After the deployment and the last Corteo Storico (Historical Procession) march follows the award ceremony of the squadre degli aranceri (Orange Throwers teams) and the carri da getto (throwing carts) at Città square.
The ranking of the first three on foot teams depends on their shot, figure and accuracy. The first three Spans and the first three Four horses Shots are assigned according to their horses, harnesses and control.
After that the people vote for the first three Spans and the first three Four horses Shots by evaluating their setting up. Finally, the first Spans and Four horses Shots are declared, according to their pugnacity.
In the evening the Carnival is waved off by the people through a Funeral, but not before the burning of the Scarli (a heather and juniper pole) in the town squares. The Mugnaia (Miller’s daughter) witnesses the burning of the Scarlo of Città square, standing up on her golden carriage.
When the Abbá (abbots) start the fire, she raises the sword (symbol of the liberation from the tyrant) up until the flag on top of it turns completely to ashes. If the flames reach the top of the pole fast, it is viewed as a good omen for the rest of the year. The last Scarlo (pole) that is set on fire is the one from the San Grato parish church at Lamarmora square.
The Generale (General) gets off his horse and leads it through its bit: this starts the Funeral march. The Flutes and Drums play sad music, while the Officials drag their sabers to the ground.
The citizens wear for the last time their Berretto Frigio (beret) and follow the procession in complete and respectful silence.
The Funeral march ends at Ottinetti square, where the Generale makes his farewell to the Pifferi e Tamburi (Flutes and Drums), thanking them and sending them away as he used to do when he paid their salary for their hard work in the country.
Everybody greet each other with the traditional greeting ‘Arvédze a giòbia ‘n bot’.
The Generale and the Stato Maggiore (Chief of Staff) sing the Carnival song, arm in arm, running to the Municipality Palace.