The Cavalcade of Assunta is the oldest re-enactment in Italy, with historical documents dating back to the year 1000 that speak of celebrations honouring the Madonna in Fermo. The Priors are invested in June, but the uninterrupted ceremonies begin at the end of July with flag throwers and musicians opening the cavalcade. The following days are marked by the Palio’s arrival and the reading of the notice, historical parades, drummer boy races, archery and tug of war, and in the city centre’s streets people eat in taverns and have fun with the medieval entertainment. Finally, on the evening of August 14, just like it did in the Middle Ages, there is a magnificent procession with characters representing the highest authorities and the craft corporations, march in a procession on horseback to offer church candles and gifts to the Madonna. The horse race takes place the next morning, in two batteries, followed by the great final party.