It is much more than just a parade of floats. It is an appointment with the whole city, during which the rediscovery of tradition goes hand in hand with that of the senses.
The origin of this popular festival has its roots in 1896 when in the night between April 30 and May 1 the young poet Furio Miselli gathered a group of his friends that gladdened the hearts singing ditties, with the aim of bringing about a prosperous harvest. A stunt that drew on pagan rites linked to the Spring and that kept alive the traditions of the rural civilization. From year to year, the group became more and more numerous, and "maggiaioli" began to go around with head surrounded by flowers and a flowering branch lit by a lantern (the arborittu). The Cantamaggio evolved and, before on the back of donkeys then on carts pulled by oxen; the maggiaioli began to parade along the city streets and more through history. Surpassing the First and Second World War (the parade was canceled because of the fascist Regime from 1938 to 1945), until the carts became mechanical and characterized by architectures more and more spectacular. Even today during the evening of April 30, citizens of Terni, even the laziest ones, go down the streets. They, together celebrate the arrival of Spring with the hope of -armettere maggiu- ( it said: dialect linked to the ancient fertility rites traditionally sees in the month of May, the most propitious time to start love relationships). Moreover, while the parade of floats gladdens the hearts of passers-by with lights, colors and songs in dialect, pointing hearing will be heard again the echo of the songs and the chatter of old maggiaioli.