Maggiolata, Part 1, The Floats

Lots of pictures from this event so it will be in several parts.  This was the 77th Maggiolata, held in Lucignano.  It is about 2 weeks long and held from mid to the end of May, every year.  It celebrates Spring and the blooming of a flower that the Lucignanese call maggiolata.  I know it as Scotch Broom.  It is almost forsythia looking but a smaller flower. 


The event features giant floats, covered in flowers that are built by the 4 different neighborhoods in town.  The neighborhoods compete with the winner being picked on the last Sunday.  The theme this year was movies or Hollywood maybe. 


So these are the floats.



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Who Killed Roger Rabbit?  The director, Black-White, which is one of the neighborhoods.  Flowers on the tractor pulling it was a nice touch I thought.


Next up was a float celebrating Hollywood and films in general.


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The projector lit up.


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The reels turned and moved.


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A nice nod to “Oscar”



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Charlie Chaplin was on the front, with Liz Taylor as Cleopatra sitting above him.  (you can just see her.  She is holding a bouquet of carnations which they toss to the crowd.) 


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On the back is Marilyn Monroe and the director.  Marilyn’s skirt would periodically fly up.  (Note the walk of fame with stars embed in it along the side) 


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Then a salute to westerns or maybe even spaghetti westerns….


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See how tall these are…


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Yes, the man leaning out the window is on the second floor of his house.



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And the last one, Willy Wonka.



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I don’t know who won this year.  A lot of work goes into producing these floats.  Don’t you agree? 


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