Before going out in procession, the statue is placed at the main altar

Before going out in procession, the statue is placed at the main altar

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City of Trecastagni

Trecastagni, Sicily, Italy

Paronal Festival

Trecastagni celebrates its patron saint, Nicholas, in December. The evening several days before the feast day, the saint's statue moves out of its covered niche into the main altar of the church. Following a solemn Mass the next morning, the statue goes out in procession, greeted with confetti, bells, bands, and fireworks. Sometimes it is taken to the other local churches. That night it is taken to the Piazza Marconi for a blessing of the relics and a large show of fireworks. It then returns to the Mother Church and remains out through December 6th.
Before going out in procession, the statue is placed at the main altar
Leaving the church
The procession gets underway
Confetti is part of the celebration during procession
San Nicola is taken to the Church of the Holy Martyrs
The statue in the Piazza Marconi