It is 100 years old but it doesn't look that age. The traditional Sardinian horse-ride has been taking place on the last day but one in May for over one century making Sassari livelier with colours, sounds and dances. The first official Sardinian horse-ride was celebrated on 20 April 1899 to pay homage to Umberto I and Margherita di Savoia who went to Sassari to inaugurate the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II in Italia Square.
The day ended up with a spectacular costume horse-ride during which over 3,000 people from the whole province and 600 horses paraded along the streets. Two other editions, the first in 1929 and the second one in 1939 were held to celebrate the King and the Queen of Italy.
In 1951 the horse-ride took place for the XV National Rotary Club Convention and for the first time knights and figurants in ancient costumes from the Nuoro province paraded too.
The event was so successful that ince then people from all over the island look forward to it. Since then every year hundred people clad in traditional costumes and wearing precious filigree and coral jewels come together parading in a party-like atmosphere.
Nowadays this important folk event attracts flocks of tourists and visitors eager to see the figurants parade along the streets, to dance and to stroll about the stalls selling typical products. When the parade is over the feast continues in the town squares: folk groups perform traditional dances and Sardinian bards challenge each other in