This famous Florentine ceremony dates back to the distant times of the First Crusade, launched to free the holy sepulchre from the hands of the infidels. On Easter Sunday morning, accompanied by a processione of 150 costumend soldiers, musicians and flag-trowers of Florentine Calcio Storico, the Easter carriage piled with fireworks, affectionately nicknamed the Brindellone by the Florentines, proceeds from Il Prato drawn by two white oxen garlanded with flowers to draw up in Piazza del Duomo between the Baptistery and the Cathedral. At eleven o’clock, at the point of the mass at wich the Gloria is sung, the fuse of the mechanical dove is lit, and it shoots along the wire to igninte the fireworks and the Catherine-wheels wich have been skillfully arranged all over the Brindellone. The deafening explosion of the fireworks beguns, and with it, albeit in a symbolic manner, the distribuition of the sacred fire throughout the city. A.M.