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FEAST OF THE MIRACLE OF SAINT NICHOLAS

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Festa San Nicolo

Festa San Nicolo

Pietra Ligure honors miracle maker Saint Nicholas at street festival and religious celebration the Fiera del Miracolo and the Festa del Miracolo di San Nicolò, July 8 annually.

At the Basilica di San Nicolò, a Pontifical Mass Service is held late in the afternoon, celebrated by His Eminence the Bishop of Albenga. The Coro Polifonico Pietrese chants the mass. Founded in 1981, the choir has specialized in early music for 14 years now. Their repertoire ranges from 16th to 17th century major composers and authors.

A procession follows Mass at dusk in downtown Pietra, led by religious and city authorities, with confraternal associations parading their richly ornamented crucifixes, and Pietra’s Moretti brass band. Ritual culminates in a Blessing of the Sea ceremony.

The procession ends in Piazza San Nicolò, where the Mayor entrusts the protection of Pietra to patron saint Nicholas and the Bishop’s blessing is administered upon the crowd.

Fireworks extravaganza follows 11 pm normally, at Pontile Marinai d’Italia.

Proclaimed in 1525, the year of the miracle by which Saint Nicholas freed ancient Pietra Ligure ‘La Pietra’ from the danger of the plague, the Feast of Saint Nicholas is the most important amongst Pietra’s religious and folkloric events, thanks to the grandiosity of its ritual procession.