CNN PRODUCER NOTE gitra56, of Florence, Italy, shot these pictures of the City of Florence Historic Parade that took place yesterday in the city center. 'The new year celebration on March 25 is the opening of Florence civil year and was adopted before the Gregorian calendar implementation in 1582. For the record Florence kept his own beginning of the year date for about 300 years after the rest of the western world adopted the Gregorian calendar,' he says. 'The tradition is still alive today as city celebration.' There were thousands of people who went along the parade route, which was 'festive and celebratory.'
- ssesha, CNN iReport producer
On March 25, Florence celebrates the Florentine New Year. From the Middle Ages to 1750 on the 25th of March, the day the Church celebrates the announcement of the Incarnation received from the Virgin Mary, was the beginning of the civil calendar of Florence. The New Year civil and religious celebrations, had his heart in the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata where Florentines made pilgrimages to the most famous Mary effigy in town. To celebrate the New Year, on Sunday March 25, the Florentine Republic Historic Parade will start at 10.20 from the Palagio di Parte Guelfa to arrive at the Basilica of SS. Annunziata. At 11 a floral tribute of white lilies will be offered to the chapel of the sacred effigy.