The parade route begins at Palazzo Pitti, continues up Via Guicciardini, crosses the Arno River via the Ponte Vecchio, then winds around a bit before finally ending in Piazza del Duomo. There is a live nativity at a little stable next to the front of the church (which contains a large presepe - nativity scene - of terra cotta figures throughout the Christmas season), and this is where the "magi" end their procession through town and finally present the baby Jesus with their gifts. Live animals are present, usually fenced in next to the stable.
|An adorable lamb being shown before the parade arrives at the Duomo|
|Miniature horse being shown to the crowd awaiting the parade's arrival|
|A children's choir performs for the crowd|
|2 of the 3 Magi|
After everyone arrives at the Piazza, singing and cheering on of city pride commences and then finally balloons are released into the air, concluding the festivities.
Witnessing the Cavalcata is a lot of fun. It can get a bit chilly standing on the stones, so if you go, I suggest wearing warm socks under your shoes! My toes were like ice last year when we went!