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Ferrara, Italy, has been celebrating its Palio for a while now — well, since 1279, to be exact — with games and pageantry that include parades, races and flag-throwing competitions. In honor of the city’s illustrious past, participants don costumes from the Renaissance era.

This year’s celebrations, as tradition dictates, culminate on the last Sunday in May with races in Piazze Ariostea.

Beginning at 4 p.m., four “palios” are run: donkey races for girls, boys and adults, along with a horse race. Grandstand seating is available for 21 euros ($27); alternately, take a seat on the grass and see all the action for free. For details, visit

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