The richness of the costumes, the multitude of characters, the brilliant colors trapping the horses, the elegant knights, the regal dignity of Su Componidori blessing the crowd, the composure of the gremi marching with the tools of the race, all accompanied by the solemn soundtrack of trumpeters and drummers, they create a truly breathtaking parade.
For the procession of Sartiglia one can always expect to see a rich parade of young people in medieval costume and renaissance garments staging a reenactment. A group accompanying a girl riding a horse that plays the role of Eleanor, Queen oristanese, who at the end of the fourteenth century had upheld brilliantly and wisely the fate of the Arborea Judicature, the ancient medieval kingdom with its capital Oristano, the fate of this kingdom was sealed in the early decades of the fifteenth century following the final Aragonese conquest of Sardinia.
The parade of Sartiglia consists of but not limited, numerous oristanesi, many who wear old tradition oristanese clothing, all join to introduce the team to direct the protagonists of the race. The army of trumpeters and drummers, vibrate the heart in the chest of the people as they pass. The people line the streets and every corner to watch the procession as the travel thru the town. The components of gremi, bearing the swords and spears of wood for the race, with satisfaction and a sense of responsibility for the transmission of this important event in the tradition and culture of Oristano, in stride follow the musicians while behind them Su Componidori and his fellow two closet knights open the series of riders moving in pairs.
Watching the parade one can truly admire the mighty, finely caparisoned horses, ridden by seasoned knights, it is a real dive into history.
Almost a jump in the times of the Middle Ages and a world of knights, decked out in costume and clothes of chivalry for their carousels and their tournaments.
All who are there parade with decorum and dignity, can not help but be aware of the re-enactors events. However people really marvel at the real protagonists of Sartiglia; the carousel of horse that run for five hundred years in the town of Oristano. This is truly a living tradition that over the centuries, while modifying, has retained the flavor of the origins.