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    The "Ceri Festival (Wooden Towers) at Gubbio, Perugia, Italy - traditionally celebrated annually May 15 since 1154 - marks the town's victory over a coalition of eleven 'enemy' towns." After a religious thanksgiving service, three colossal wooden towers are carried on the shoulders of townsmen during a race in the day through the streets, ending with a stiff climb up a hill at night to a basilica named after Saint Ubaldo, the town's patron Saint.

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    The "Ceri Festival (Wooden Towers) at Gubbio, Perugia, Italy - traditionally celebrated annually May 15 since 1154 - marks the town's victory over a coalition of eleven 'enemy' towns." After a religious thanksgiving service, three colossal wooden towers are carried on the shoulders of townsmen during a race in the day through the streets, ending with a stiff climb up a hill at night to a basilica named after Saint Ubaldo, the town's patron Saint.

    Gubbio's main square is the early morning starting point fro this unusual race. Three wooden towers - dedicated to Saints Ubaldo, George and Anthony - are hoisted on to the shoulders of the town's strongest men. Then three pitchers of water are dashed to the ground, and the race is on.

    Bearers of each tower wear coloured shirts - black for St. Anthony; yellow for St. George; and blue for St. Ubaldo. The street race lasts most of the day, with relief bearers taking over at scheduled points. Then the three 'Ceri' are brought back to the main square and the bearers are given an hours rest before the 'final lap' uphill to the basilica. Few are the times when St. Ubaldo's team is not first to arrive.....

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6UOP3SG7LAAMDPZTY034EX6LF
    Media URN:
    VLVA6UOP3SG7LAAMDPZTY034EX6LF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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