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Most of the festivals include some sort of religious procession or parade in which the residents of Sardinia dress up in traditional costumes. Also, most of the festivals include live music, games, and competitions of all sorts.
A few of the festivals include:Cavalcata Sardo: Over a century has passed since 1899, when the first "Cavalcata Sarda" was organised to honour the visit of King Umberto and Queen Margherita and still the event retains its original appeal.
On the second to last Sunday in May, hundreds of horsemen and horsewomen from every part of Sardinia set off to Sassari to gather at the annual, un-missable meeting - over 300 people, wearing traditional costume, liven up one of the most lavish and amazing parades of the island. A living repertoire of different, multicoloured costumes - embellished with jewels and amulets - amazes present day onlookers as it did the travellers who journeyed through Sardinia in the 19th Century.
The procession begins at 09:00 in Via Asproni and wends its way through the city, via Piazza d'Italia, Via Cagliari, Via Tavolara, Via Mancini, finishing up in Via Giuseppe Manno.
The San Bachisio festival takes place on May 10 ever year. The festival lasts for three days and consists of a religious procession, dancing, a poetry competition in which people recite versus in the Sardinian language, and a parade of decorated carts that are pulled either by oxen or vehicles.
The S’Ardia festival starts each year on July 6 and lasts for two days. There is a religious procession, dancing and music. One of the unique aspects of this festival is that it includes equestrian competitions and horse races.
The Sant’ Agostino festival starts on August 28 and lasts 10 days. The festival includes a religious procession, dancing, singing, music, fireworks, a parade with horses, games, and sporting competitions.
Annually, on the last Sunday in May, it is a tradition throughout the whole of Italy, for vineyards to open their doors to the public. This tradition is observed by the vineyards local to Alghero - Sella & Mosca, Cantine Santa Maria La Palma and Vinicola Cherchi Giovanni Maria - all of who open their doors, offer tours and copious quantities of their wines for tasing. Often local aritisans, folk dancers and folk singers dressed in traditional costume attend these very well supported events.
For those who may find themselves in Sardinia in 2008, the "Rally Del Corallo" takes place in and around Alghero between 6th - 8th June 2008.
The Rally starts at 14:00 on 6th June, at Bastioni Christoforo Colombo, in the Old Town and after the special stages between Usini, Ittiri and Puttifigari and later between Romana & Thiesi, the cars return to Alghero at 22:00.
On the second day, the rally starts at the same location at 09:00 - with three special stages in the mountains between Castelsardo & Tergu. The rally ends at Bastioni Christoforo Colombo at 15:30.