Explosion of the Cart (Florence)
Okay, so this is no cerebral event but colorful and noisy and fun. Dating back centuries of Easter Sunday mornings, a street procession of flag throwers and drummers in historical costume lead a cart, three stories high, drawn by white oxen through the streets of Florence. They are followed by priests, bishops, and other celebs. The climax comes at the end when upon arriving in Piazza del Duomo, the structure atop the cart is set ablaze with fireworks. It’s a tradition that goes back to the Crusades, although fireworks were only added in the 14th century. This is no idle event since a successful execution is said to bring a good harvest.