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Tradition has it that during the month of May, the SS. Crucifix Maddalena is transported along the main streets of the city, so that the faithful could worship and celebrate with prayers and songs. From remember are holidays of May 1886, when Julius Bernardini, with the help of neo Mayor Franco Sainati, propose to make the river navigable Pescia and organize races. Despite almost the entire population was sceptical one week before the festivities began in May work at the dam Ponte del Duomo. On 29 April fell in the water the first boat, but the official races were held from May 1 to 3. In the next century the recurrence of such festivals became fortnightly, in the 1925 festivities lasted even for a month with races Running cycling, tombolas Raffle and picturesque Giostra del Saracino. Since 1950 the festival was moved to a cadence of every 25 years. The last was held in 2000 with participation of the faithful, even coming from neighbouring countries.

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