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MONDAY 6TH JANUARY 2015

8.30 a.m. Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums band) musters in Piazza di Città
9.00 a.m. Debut of the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) 2012 Carnival opening February through the town centre streets: piazza di Città, via Palestro, piazza Balla, corso Massimo d’Azeglio, Chiesa San Lorenzo, corso Massimo D’Azeglio, piazza Balla, via Palestro, via Arduino, piazza Gioberti, via Guarnotta, Ponte Vecchio, via Gozzano, piazza Lamarmora, via C. Olivetti, via Di Vittorio, Railway Station, corso Nigra, corso Cavour, piazza di Città.
12.00 a.m. Official Investiture of the Generale (General) 2015 in the Town Hall entrance hall in Piazza di Città
2.00 p.m. The Credendari greet the Magnificent Podestà before Groups of Historical Characters in Piazza Ottinetti
2.40 p.m. The Credendari and the Podestà arrive in the Chapel of the Three Kings
3.35 p.m. The procession leaves Piazza di Città and arrives at the Cathedral via Arduino, via IV Martiri (via Palma), via delle Torri, piazza Castello
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass in the cathedral attended by city authorities, the 2015 Generale (General) and all the Historical Carnival groups, with the Ceremony of the Candles: the Magnificent Podestà, accompanied by his entourage and by the Credendari historical group give a votive candle to the Bishop of Ivrea to invoke the Madonna’s protection of the city (an ancient ceremony that took place in the Chapel of the Three Kings on Monte Stella, built around 1220 on St. Francis of Assisi’s advice).

SATURDAY 31TH JANUARY 2015

4.30 pm Presentation of the Abbà at the Giacosa Theatre and Inauguration of the exhibition in Sala Santa Marta. The Carnival welcomes the Abbà before the official Alzata ceremony. A time to run through the historical events from the Middle Ages to the 19th century that have been woven together to form Carnival, by celebrating the young Priors who continue its history, protected by the Credendari and the General Staff. The exhibition will be open to the public on Sunday 16th February 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; from 17th to 21st February 5–7 p.m.; Saturday 22nd February 3–7 p. m.; Sunday 23rd February 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday 27th February 2–6 p.m., from Saturday 1st to Tuesday 4th March 9 a.m.-1p.m. and 2–6 p.m.

SUNDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2015

9.30 a.m. Bean feasts. Distribution of beans at Bellavista (viale Kennedy) and San Giovanni (piazza Boves). The Generale (General), the Stato Maggiore (General Staff) and the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) band visit the Bean Feasts
10.00 a.m. Carnival Exhibition in piazza Ottinetti. Carnival groups present their events and merchandise. Exhibition of entries for the IC365 Colour the City competition. Presentation and issue of the Historical Carnival commemorative stamp and first day of issue postmarking.
10.40 a.m. The Protocol Book is handed over in piazza Freguglia The Grand Chancellor entrusts his Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor) with the Protocol Book where all the Carnival events are to be recorded.
11.30 a.m. Prise du Drapeau in Piazza di Città An ancient ceremony in which the flag is handed over to the Ensign of the Stato Maggiore (General Staff) at the beginning of every campaign; parade of the Stato Maggiore (General Staff) and Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) Band. 12.30 p.m. Inaugural Banquet for the Generale (General) and the splendid Stato Maggiore (General Staff), at the end of which the Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor) the opening protocol that is signed by those present. The Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) play the obada known as leaving the table.
2.30 p.m. Alzata degli Abbà The carnival procession, preceded by the Ensign Officer, makes its way to the homes of the young priors of the San Grato, San Maurizio, Sant’Ulderico, San Lorenzo and San Salvatore parishes. The aide-de-camps lift up the Abbà from the balcony to show them to the crowd, while the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) play and the Generale (General) salutes. The Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor) reads the protocol and has it signed by the Abbà, their parents, the Generale (General) and the witnesses.
2.30 p.m. Parish of San Grato
3.00 p.m. Parish of San Maurizio
3.30 p.m. Parish of Sant’Ulderico
4.00 p.m. Parish of San Lorenzo
4.30 p.m. Parish of San Salvatore
5.30 p.m. Generala in piazza di Città. At the end of the parade the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) play the Generala in honour of the Generale (General) in the Town Hall entrance hall
10 am – 7 pm Exhibition “Pipes and Drums – a never-ending story. Our Carnival marches and music” and display of the posters for the children’s party in Sala Santa Marta dedicated to the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) and their music, along with display of entries by nursery and primary school children for the poster competition for the children’s party on the Thursday before Lent

SUNDAY 08TH FEBRUARY 2015

9.30 a.m. Bean Feasts. Distribution of beans at Montenavale, Cuj dij Vigne (Modina restaurant), San Pietro Martire (La Rava e la Fava restaurant) and Torre Balfredo (c/o Casa Giuseppina, Via Frandina2, 10.30), visited by the Generale (General), the Stato Maggiore (General Staff) and the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums).
10.00 a.m. Orange-throwers’ market in Piazza Ottinetti
10.30 a.m. Presentation of the orange-throwing carts in Piazza di Città and parade through the city streets.
12.00 p.m. Peace-making ceremony of the inhabitants of the San Maurizio and Borghetto quarters on the Old Bridge. The delegate of the Ban of Croatia for Borghetto and the Consul Major for San Maurizio meet on the bridge, re-enacting pacification between the two quarters, which had traditionally been enemies. According to legend this came about thanks to their women in the late 1700s.
12.15 p.m. Lunch of the Croatia in Borghetto. The peace-making is celebrated during the official banquet, at the end of which, after the protocol has been read, the Carnival Procession is formed to proceed with the second Alzata degli Abbà.
2.30 p.m. Alzata degli Abbà. The carnival procession, preceded by the Ensign Officer, makes its way to the homes of the young priors of the San Grato, San Maurizio, Sant’Ulderico, San Lorenzo and San Salvatore parishes. The aide-de-camps lift up the Abbà from the balcony to show them to the crowd, while the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) play and the Generale (General) salutes. The Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor) reads the protocol and has it signed by the Abbà, their parents, the Generale (General) and the witnesses.
2.30 p.m. Parish of San Grato
3.00 p.m. Parish of San Maurizio
3.30 p.m. Parish of Sant’Ulderico
4.00 p.m. Parish of San Lorenzo
4.30 p.m. Parish of San Salvatore
5.30 p.m. Generala in piazza di Città. At the end of the parade the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) play the Generala in honour of the Generale (General) in the Town Hall entrance hall
10 am – 7 pm Exhibition “Pipes and Drums – a never-ending story. Our Carnival marches and music” and display of the posters for the children’s party in Sala Santa Marta dedicated to the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) and their music, along with display of entries by nursery and primary school children for the poster competition for the children’s party on the Thursday before Lent 

THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2015

9.00 a.m. The Generale (General) visits the primary schools in Ivrea along with the Stato Maggiore (General’s Staff), the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) and the Ensigns. The visit ends with a lunch offered by the Fiorana primary school.
2.30 p.m. Handing over of power in Piazza di Città. In the Town Hall, the Mayor symbolically passes his powers to the Generale (General), along with his red and white sash worn from his right shoulder to his left side, after wrapping it once around his hips. The officers and the sutlers wear a similar sash around their necks, while the aide-de-camps have a red/blue sash. The Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor) reads the General’s decree. “Calzata del Berretto Frigio” (Phrygian hat). In observance of the general’s instructions, the townspeople in the square are i nvited by the Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor) to put on their “Calzata del Berretto Frigio” (Phrygian hat), which from Sunday on will be essential to avoid being hit with oranges, gently or quite hard.
3.00 p.m. Departure of the February. The Parade is headed by the Ensign Officer, the Ensigns with the Parish flags and the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) . They are followed on horseback by the Generale (General), the Stato Maggiore (General’s Staff) and the Sutlers, the Assistant Grand Chancellor and the Abbà. The procession follows corso Cavour, corso Nigra, Borghetto, piazza Gioberti (piazza Maretta), via Arduino, via Palestro, corso Massimo d’Azeglio as far as the Church of San Lorenzo, then returns to the centre and to piazza Castello along via Palma and via delle Torri. Sala Santa Marta – Exhibition of Posters for the Children’s party
4.15 p.m. Visit to the Bishop in Piazza Castello
5.15 p.m. Visit to the Mayor in piazza Castello
5.30 p.m. Generala in piazza di Città. At the end of the parade the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) play the Generala in honour of the Generale (General) in the Town Hall entrance hall
6.00 p.m. Visit of the Generale (General) and Stato Maggiore (General’s Staff) to the via Palma (via IV Martiri) Beanfeast
6.30 p.m. Investiture of the Oditori ed Intendenti Generali delle Milizie e Genti da Guerra del Canavese in piazza di Città. In the Council Chamber the ceremony assigning awards to all those who have distinguished themselves in “carnival things and everyday duties”: the insignia are conferred upon the new Oditori by the Generale (General) in the presence of the Mayor and the protocol is read.
9.30 p.m. City merry-making. “… and the party goes on” concert in piazza Ottinetti. Everyone in fancy dress for the traditional party organised by J’Amis ad Piassa d’la Granaja. Orange-throwers’ partying. Mercenari in the Park, Credendari in piazza Balla, Diavoli in Diavolandia, Pantere in piazza Fillak, Scacchi in Via Palma and Morte in the gardens in corso Cavour

FRIDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2015

6.30 p.m. Conference and debate on “Il Divin Porcello” (Italian pig breeds, cold cuts and cooking.
7.30 p.m. Torchlight procession through the old town streets with Confraternities “all dressed up for dinner”
8.30 p.m. Banquet of the Good Food and Wine Confraternity “il Maiale e la Stella”

SATURDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2015

8.30 a.m. Visit of the Generale (General), the Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor) and the Stato Maggiore (General Staff) to the Military Authorities. The Assistant Gran Chancellor records the protocol for each visit.
2.00 p.m. Children’s fancy dress party at Diavolandia
9.00 p.m. Presentation of the Vezzosa Mugnaia (Charming Miller’s daughter) from the Town Hall balcony. The Mugnaia (Miller’s Daughter) in her traditional white dress goes from the Mayor’s office to the Sala Dorata where the General’s gift, a brooch with a pick and spade on a red rosette, is pinned onto her green sash. She is introduced to the Assistant Grand Chancellor by the aide-de-camp assigned to her, in turn the Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor) introduces the Generale (General) and all the other Carnival characters. As the big bell strikes, the Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor) reads out the proclamation, at which the Mugnaia (Miller’s Daughter) appears on the central balcony of the Town Hall to receive the city’s embrace.
9.30 p.m. February of the Historical Parade through the orange-throwing teams lined up along Lungo Dora, in honour of the Vezzosa Mugnaia (Charming Miller’s daughter) On the Generale (General’s) arm, the Mugnaia (Miller’s Daughter) takes her place in the procession made up of the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums), the Band, Ensigns with bouquets, the Scorta d’Onore della Mugnaia (Miller’s daughter’s Escort of Honour), Maids, Pageboys, the Miller (Toniotto) accompanied by the Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor), Officers and Sutlers of the Stato Maggiore (Officers of the General Staff), the Podestà and his entourage, the Abbà escorted by the Credendari, university students and orange-throwers of the two teams on foot that formed the Scorta d’Onore della Mugnaia (Miller’s daughter’s Escort of Honour) as she left the Town Hall. The procession crosses the city as orange-throwers of the other teams on foot line up along the riverside with all the townspeople to pay their homage. The route follows piazza di Città, via Arduino, piazza Gioberti, via Guarnotta, Ponte Vecchio, via Gozzano, piazza Lamarmora, corso Nigra, corso Cavour – firework display in corso Re Umberto (Lungo Dora), corso Gallo, corso Botta, piazza Balla, via Palestro, piazza di Città 
10.00 p.m. Firework display on Lungo Dora in honour of the Vezzosa Mugnaia (Charming Miller’s daughter)
10.45 p.m. Arrival of the procession in piazza del Teatro. The Mugnaia (Miller’s Daughter) dances with the Generale (General) to the Carnival Anthem
11.00 p.m. Musical evening for the Vezzosa Mugnaia (Charming Miller’s daughter – Giacosa Theatre. Music for the evening is provided by the Blue Dolls, a trio from Turin who play tunes from the 40s and 50s.
11.00 p.m. Orange-throwers’ partyingFrom the end of the parade until half past one, parties organised by the orange-throwing teams on foot: Mercenari in the Park, Credendari in piazza Balla, Diavoli in Diavolandia, Pantere in piazza Fillak, Scacchi and Arduini in piazza Ottenetti, Picche in piazza di Città, Morte in the gardens in corso Cavour and Tuchini in Borghetto.
10 am – 7 pm Exhibition “Pipes and Drums – a never-ending story. Our Carnival marches and music” and display of the posters for the children’s party in Sala Santa Marta dedicated to the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) and their music, along with display of entries by nursery and primary school children for the poster competition for the children’s party on the Thursday before Lent

SUNDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2015

9.00 a.m. Fagiolate rionali (Bean Feasts) . Distribution of beans at Castellazzo (piazza Maretta), San Lorenzo (Ex Polveriera), via Dora Baltea and San Bernardo (piazza della Chiesa).
9.30 a.m. The magnificent Podestà swears his oath of Loyalty in piazza Castello. The Podestà, with his followers and the Credendari, walks up via della Cattedrale to piazza Castello, to swear his oath of loyalty to the statutes before the site of the old Town Hall in the presence of the Carnival Procession.
10.00 a.m. The Mugnaia (Miller’s daughter), the Generale (General) and their entourage visit the Castellazzo Charity Beanfeast in piazza Maretta. After the ritual bean-tasting, they begin distributing free portions of beans. The Podestà digs out the stone for the Preda in Dora from the ruins of the Castellazzo with his ancient war hammer.
10.30 a.m. Preda in Dora on the Ponte VecchioThe Podestà with his retinue and the Credendari, accompanied by the Alfieri (Ensigns) and Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums), turning his back to the parapet of the bridge throws the stone taken from the Castellazzo behind him downstream, while proclaiming the words Hoc facimus in spretum olim Februaryionis Montisferrati, nec permittemus aliquod aedificium fieri ubi erant turres domini Februaryionis (we do this in contempt of the Marquis of Monferrato, nor will we allow any building to arise where the Marquis’ towers once stood), to show his rejection of any form of tyranny. The Mugnaia (Miller’s Daughter) with the Generale (General), the Stato Maggiore (Officers of the General Staff) and the Scorta d’Onore della Mugnaia (Miller’s daughter’s Escort of Honour) watch the ceremony from the right bank of the river
1.00 p.m. Grouping of orange-throwing carts in Corso Massimo D’Azeglio.
2.00 p.m. Beginning of the Historical Carnival Procession from piazza di Città. The Alfieri (Ensigns) with the Parish flags, the Pipes and Drums, the Generale (General) with the Stato Maggiore (Officers of the General Staff) the Sostituto Gran Cancelliere ( Assistant Grand Chancellor) and the Abbà (Priors of the five parishes) on horseback, the Band, the Mugnaia (Miller’s daughter) with her maids on the golden coach drawn by three white horses, her Scorta d’Onore della Mugnaia (Miller’s daughter’s Escort of Honour), pageboys on ponies, the Miller (Toniotto) on the supplies cart, the Podestà on a cart drawn by four oxen with the Credendari on horseback parade along the gala route: piazza di Città, via Arduino, piazza Gioberti, via Guarnotta, Ponte Vecchio, via Gozzano, piazza Lamarmora, corso Nigra, corso Cavour, corso Re Umberto, corso Gallo, corso Botta, piazza Balla, corso Massimo d’Azeglio, via IV° Reggimento Alpini (Tourist Office), via Cascinette, corso Massimo d’Azeglio, piazza Balla, via Palestro, piazza di Città. Battaglia delle arance (Orange Battle). The nine teams throwing on foot start the orange battle against the 32 teams on carts drawn by two or four horses, following two different routes: the inner route ( piazza Ottinetti and piazza di Città) and the outer one (Borghetto, piazza del Rondolino passing along Lungo Dora and piazza Freguglia).
5.30 p.m. Generala in piazza di Città. At the end of the parade the Pipes and Drums play the Generala in honour of the General in the Town Hall entrance hall
10 am – 7 pm Exhibition “Pipes and Drums – a never-ending story. Our Carnival marches and music” and display of the posters for the children’s party in Sala Santa Marta dedicated to the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) and their music, along with display of entries by nursery and primary school children for the poster competition for the children’s party on the Thursday before Lent

MONDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2015

9.30 a.m. Digging of the Scarli. San Maurizio Sant’Ulderico San Lorenzo San Salvatore San Grato Parishes. The Generale (General), preceded by the Alfieri (Ensigns) and Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) and escorted by the Stato Maggiore (Officers of the General Staff), accompanies a couple from each Parish married during the year to the place where the Scarlo is to be built. Standing on a drum-shaped stool, the Sostituto Gran Cancelliere (Assistant Grand Chancellor) reads out the ceremonial protocol and, using the pick and spade, the newly-weds each strike a blow on the spot chosen for the Scarlo, while all those present recite in chorus As pianta ‘l pic a l’uso antic.
12.30 a.m. The Tree of Freedom in piazza di Città. The Citoyens de la Ville d’Ivrée present the Mayor with a tree to commemorate the support of the Ivrea community to the French Revolutionary movement at the end of the 18th century.
1.00 p.m. Pich e Pala (Pick and spade) trophy in piazza di Città. A challenge between one orange-thrower per team, and anyone else who wants to try, to see how far they can throw an orange, from the opposite side of the square towards the Town Hall. Grouping of orange-throwing carts in Corso Massimo D’Azeglio.
2.15 p.m. The Carnival Procession walks to visit the Orange-throwing teams: Tuchini del Borghetto, Mercenari, Diavoli, Pantere, Credendari, Scacchi, Arduini, Asso di Picche and Morte. Battaglia delle arance (Orange Battle). The nine teams throwing on foot start the orange battle against the 32 teams on carts drawn by two or four horses, following two different routes: the inner route (piazza Ottinetti and piazza di Città) and the outer one (Borghetto, piazza del Rondolino passing along Lungo Dora and piazza Freguglia).
10 am – 7 pm Exhibition “Pipes and Drums – a never-ending story. Our Carnival marches and music” and display of the posters for the children’s party in Sala Santa Marta dedicated to the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) and their music, along with display of entries by nursery and primary school children for the poster competition for the children’s party on the Thursday before Lent

TUESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2015

1.00 p.m. Grouping of orange-throwing carts in Corso Massimo D’Azeglio.
2.00 p.m. Start of the Carnival Procession and the Battaglia delle arance (Orange Battle) piazza di Città, via Arduino, piazza Gioberti, via Guarnotta, Ponte Vecchio, via Gozzano, piazza Lamarmora, corso Nigra, corso Cavour, corso Re Umberto, corso Gallo, corso Botta, piazza Balla, corso Massimo d’Azeglio, via IV° Reggimento Alpini (Tourist Office), via Cascinette, corso Massimo d’Azeglio, piazza Balla, via Palestro, piazza di Città
5.30 p.m. Prize-giving ceremony for the orange-throwers and carts in piazza di Città. Prizes are awarded to the first three foot teams judged on their throwing ability, their image and fair play, to the first three carts drawn by two-horses and the first three drawn by four horses, judged on the horses, trappings and driving, cart decoration and throwing ability.
8.00 p.m. The Carnival Procession sets off for burning of the Scarli in San Maurizio, Sant’Ulderico and San Lorenzo parishes. The Abbà ride to the square holding up a lantern, preceded by the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) and accompanied by the Generale (General) and the Stato Maggiore (General Staff). The two Abbà (Priors of the five parishes) of that Parish dismount and walk once around the Scarlo . Holding them by the hand an escorting officer passes them a burning torch to set fire to the Scarlo.
9.30 p.m. Burning of the Scarlo in San Salvatore Parish in the presence of the Vezzosa Mugnaia (Charming Miller’s daughter) in piazza di Città. The Mugnaia (Miller’s Daughter) stands up in her golden coach and, when the Abbà (Priors of the five parishes) set fire to the Scarlo, raises her sword symbolising freedom from the tyrant, holding it up high until the Italian flag at the top of the Scarlo has been completely burnt. In the meantime the Generale (General) gives a military salute, standing up in his stirrups. The faster the flames leap up the pole, the louder the crowd shout a brusa!.. a brusa! (it’s burning, it’s burning) as a good omen for the year that has just begun.
10.15 p.m. Burning of the last Scarlo, San Grato Parish in piazza Lamarmora. Marcia funebre (Funeral February) . After the flames of last Scarlo have died down, the Generale (General) dismounts and, leading his horse by the bridle, heads the Marcia funebre (Funeral February) during which the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) play a lament for the funeral of the carnival, while the officers drag their sabres along the paving stones. The townspeople follow the cortège in strictest silence, in the last few minutes for them to wear their Phrygian Hats. Arvédze a giòbia ‘n bot in piazza Ottinetti. The Marcia funebre (Funeral February) comes to a halt in piazza Ottinetti where the Generale (General) dismisses the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) and thanks them symbolically, in memory of the times when he paid them for the campaign. Everyone exchanges the traditional goodbye Arvédze a giòbia ‘n bot (see you on Thursday at one o’clock). Arm in arm, the General and his staff run to the Town Hall singing the Carnival Anthem.
11.00 p.m. Closing ceremony in Piazza di CittàIn the Town Hall the Generale (General) inspects the Stato Maggiore (Officers of the General Staff) and pins the Campaign insignia on his aide-de-camps’ chests. He lays down his symbols of power and the Assistant Grand Chancellor reads the closure protocol.
10 am – 7 pm Exhibition “Pipes and Drums – a never-ending story. Our Carnival marches and music” and display of the posters for the children’s party in Sala Santa Marta dedicated to the Pifferi e Tamburi (Pipes and Drums) and their music, along with display of entries by nursery and primary school children for the poster competition for the children’s party on the Thursday before Lent

WEDNESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2015

11.00 a.m. Traditional serving of polenta and salt cod organised by the Croatia Polenta e Merluzzo (Polenta and Cod) Committee in Piazza Lamarmora Vouchers are on sale at the Croatia Comittee office (Vicolo del Forno 6) or on 13th February directly in piazza Lamarmora until they are sold out.