Every one loves a parade.
On June 2 Italians celebrate a national holiday –Festa della Repubblica – to mark the day that Italy became a Republic, June 2, 1948. Nothing celebrates national pride better than a parade and the one that celebrates Italian pride takes place along the Via
Dei Fori Imperiali -the ceremonial route between Colosseum and the Victor Emmanuel Monument.
Inspectors check the manhole nearest the Reviewing stand.
I lucked out and was able to get a press pass that enabled me to take photos from the press box directly across from the Presidential Reviewing Stand. I knew I had gotten there early, but it provided me with a new measure of early. You are early when they start inspecting the manholes along the parade route after you arrive. It was easy to tell the arrival of Prime Minster Renzi by the media hoard that surrounded him.
The official delegation waits for President Mattarella’s arrival. Senate President Pietro Grasso, Speaker of the House, Laura Boldrini, Prime Minster Matteo Renzi and an unidentified gentleman.
After laying a wreath at the Italian Tomb of the Unknown which is located at the Victor Emmanuel Monument, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti where escorted by Horse Mounted Guards to the Reviewing stand to mark the start of the parade. They were greeted by President of the Senate, Pietro Grasso, Speaker of the House, Laura Boldrini, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and a fourth person I think may be a justice of the Italian Supreme Court, but I’ve been unable to verify that.
Italian President Mattarella and Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti during the playing of the Italian national anthem.
The President shook hands with the people nearest him in the front row before the national anthem was played. Then the horse mounted escort exited followed by the street sweepers, which really only succeeded in stirring up the dust and the amusement of the crowd.
A lucky photo of the President between lances as a military groups passes the reviewing stand.
Over the next hour the spectators were witness to marching units and bands divided into seven sections – International Organizations (UN, NATO and EU) Security Organizations, Naval Units, Air Forces units, Army units, State Auxillary Services, and Armed bodies of the State (State police and Firefighters).
Another group passes the Reviewing stand. The person wearing the tricolor sash is the Mayor of Rome.
To mark the end of the parade there was a fly over of military jets. Because they were playing the national anthem at the time, I have to admit that I missed the shot, but much to my delight and that of the other photographers who also had missed it they turned around and came back right over the press box.
A flyover featuring planes trailing tricolor smoke marked the end of the parade’