Furthermore, from today the parade can be followed on social networks through facebook, twitter and instagram. On the latter, in particular, a photographic contest is active, connected to the hashtag #sandanecole, in which users are invited to represent their experience during the party and their personal relationship with the Saint.
From 6.00 pm on Friday 6 May the old city will be animated by various events designed to involve citizens in view of the parade the following day.
In particular, via Jacopo Calò Carducci will become the “Square of girls and boys” set up with a medieval banquet and animated by street artists and other activities organized in collaboration with the Istituto Comprensivo Statale Umberto I – San Nicola and the Granteatrino – La Casa by Pulcinella. In piazza dell’Odegitria there will be the concert of the orchestra and the children’s choir directed by Maestro Andrea Gargiulo. In Piazza del Ferrarese (near the archaeological excavations) there will be the starting point of the itineraries curated by PugliArte.
In collaboration with Velo Service, a free service will also be guaranteed with 3 bike-rickshaw guides who will propose to accompany visitors in the streets of the old city and in the pedestrian areas of the Murattiano with an eye to the elderly and people with mobility difficulties.
At 20.00 the staging of the landing of the bones of San Nicola will begin at the Molo Sant’Antonio, illuminated with torches and Roman pans, where a group of four men dressed as commoners of the time will be flanked by two others dressed as Norman soldier. From the sea a gozzo will arrive with on board five men in sailors’ clothes who row towards the shore carrying the relics of the Saint. Soon after, a procession made up of sailors, auctioneers, tympanists and nobles of 1087, will bring the bones of San Nicola to old Bari. Street artists will welcome the passage of sailors and nobles, announcing the parade to the citizens of the historic center the next day.
In Piazza Federico II di Svevia there will be a show of flag-wavers and a medieval banquet will be set up where dried fruit and wine will be offered to the public.
The procession will end at about 11.00 pm at the church of San Michele where the taking over of the bones of the saint by Abbot Elia will be recalled.
The procession of May 6 will unfold along the following path: San Nicola pier (DEPARTURE), Piazza del Ferrarese, Piazza Mercantile, Palazzo di Città street, Piazzetta Sant’Anselmo (Diomede Fresa Nursery School), San Marco street, Carmine street towards Basilica, 62 sailors square, Martinez street, Santa Maria del Buon Consiglio square, San Pietro square, Santa Teresa delle Donne street, Pier Eremita street, Santa Chiara street, Dietro Tresca street, Carmine street towards the Cathedral, Filioli street, Arco delle Meraviglie street , San Gaetano street, via Jacopo Calò Carducci, S. Sabino Cathedral, Federico II di Svevia square, Arco Basso street, largo Apricocca, Bianchi Dottula street, Boccapianola street (Civic Museum passage), Chiurlia square, via Benedetto Petrone, Vittorio course Emanuele (pedestrian area), San Benedetto street (De Gironda street), San Michele church (ARRIVAL).
The historical parade has always represented a strong collective identity moment. From the translation of the relics in 1087 AD. to date, the city of Bari has become a pilgrimage destination in honor of St. Nicholas by countless devotees from all over the world. The gesture of the Bari sailors has profoundly changed the identity of a city, but also of generations of faithful and thousands of pilgrims who, following the Saint who came from the sea, have rediscovered their common humanistic roots.
The procession embodies the Translation of a real man, whose deeds have always been in defense of the weakest have led to generate that sense of religious piety and popular devotion that contributes to the cultural and social growth of a people.