26-27-28 May 2017
The historic Matilde parade is a reminiscent event of historical character, which is held annually in Quattro Castella, in the province of Reggio Emilia, since 1955; Was interrupted in the years 1972 to 1984. The event is currently organized by the Matildico Committee, a group of 26 volunteers. The Matildico Committee is the organizer of the event since 1984, the year of the recovery of the parade after almost 10 years of interruption. The Committee works in the name and on behalf of the City of Quattro Castella.
In July 1081 in Lucca, King Henry IV solemnly issued a BAN against Matilde, accused of high treason (REA LESA MAESTÀ), which foresees the confiscation of all her belongings and feuds, with the consequent fall of the ” OBLIGATION OF FAITH by all her vassals.
Thirty years later (May 1111) in Bianello, his son Emperor Enrico V with the gesture of REINFEUDATION, revoked the ban of Lucca and awarded her the title of VICARIA IMPERIALE in ITALY, reintegrating, in fact, her former role as governor and vassal.
The Historical Matilde Parade draws its name from the parade (“procession”) of over 1000 exquisite costumes in the streets of Quattro Castella. The play consists of theatrical re-evocation of the historical episode, with the figure of Matilde and of Emperor Henry V, commonly interpreted by figures of performance, culture and sport. The event has traditionally several medieval shows:
The parades and performances of the districts of balladers and castellian musicians (Contrada di Monticelli, Contrada della Corte, Contrada della Maestà della Battaglia, Contrada di Borgoleto, Historical Group of Villici, Historical Group of Archers of the Four Castella)
The Quintana of the Ring: a skill game for knights. Participants must be able to stick with the spear during a ride of the rings.
The Great Path of Arms, known as “Bridge Game” or “Bridge Fight”: 2 teams composed of 7 fighters face duel over a wooden bridge. The team succeeds in dropping all the components of the opposing team from the deck
Quattro Castella districts and groups:
Historical Group “Villici delle Quattro Castella”
Archers of Quattro Castella
Historical Group “The Knights of Matilde”
Contrada della Corte
Contrada del Borgoleto
Contrada di Monticelli
Contrada Maestà della Battaglia
Historical Group “Great Path of Weapons” – Bridge Fighters
The event is currently organized by the “Comitato Matildico”, an association made up of volunteers from Quattro Castella. The Comitato Matildico is the organizer of the event since 1984, the year of the recovery of the Court after almost 10 years of interruption.
President: Stefano Giuranno
Vice President-Treasurer: Emidio Fantuzzi
Secretary: Luana Pili
Group Director: Stefano Giuranno, Emidio Fantuzzi, Luana Pili, Eleanora Grasselli, Anna Maria Romani, Elena Cavandoli, Omar Rizzi
Communication Group: Eleonora Grasselli, Andrea Luiselli (Collaborators: Alessandro Bartoli, Luca Spagni)
Group Schools: Sara Vecchi, Chiara Bertolini, Eleonora Grasselli
Costume Group: Elena Cavandoli, Anna Maria Romani (collaborators: Mediapont Lucio and Nadia)
Coordinator of Historical Groups: Tiziana Animini
Logistics Group: Massimo Tarbelloni, Giacomo Bertani, Guido Buratti (collaborators: Danilo Fantini, Angelo D’Emidio, Luca Conti)
District and External Town Hall relationship: Ileana Incerti
Matildici Town Hall relationship: Anna Maria Romani
Hospitality-Campers Group: Gabriele Benassi
Medieval Market Group: Monica Baroni, Gabriele Benassi
The Association Comitato Matildico is a non-profit org, engaged in territorial promotion activities, social utility, enhancement of local history and culture. The aims of the Association are, plan, organize, support and promote events, exhibitions, publications and cultural events, aimed at enhancing the Matildica history, Bianello Castle and the local monuments. Make public utility investments related to the promotion of the territory of Quattro Castella, its history, tourism, its local products and traditions.
All events, including the Historical Matilde Parade, are realized with the sole resources of sponsorships, donations and social contributions, without affecting the costs of public administration.