The ceremonies of the era are recreated in events in which most of the local associations take part, along with numerous volunteer groups, including the Councillors themselves, who become the attorneys of the sixteenth century, and are dressed as such.
These are events with all the pomp and solemnity that the occasion requires, every movement and every action is part of an elaborate script which leaves nothing to chance. Noblemen, musicians, hors d’oeuvres and citizens form part of the celebrations, just as they did at the time. You can see this in the opening ceremony, the opening of the gates and the Oath of the Attorneys, the delivery of banners to the noble families or the Marxa dels Trasts: a display of arms in which the brotherhoods of the period parade, in charge of the maintenance and defence of the different trasts (sections) of the city wall.
Special mention must be given to the Grand Parade on Sunday, the last day, with the participation of all the groups of the Renaissance Festival, which become a living pageant of the recreation of the splendour of sixteenth century Tortosa.
Opening ceremony and delivery of the banner of the Renaissance Festival. The city appears to us in all its glory in a festive and solemn act. More than 500 participants emerged from Tortosa Renaissance Festival shows
the shows of the Renaissance Festival.
During the ceremony the banner of the Renaissance Festival to the Colla de Diables Lucifers be delivered, for their participation in the festival with the camp and the third Viscount Castellbó, recreating the militia Lluis Oliver Boteller, one of the nobles more Tortosa prominent in the first third of the sixteenth century.
When the doors of the Romeu Gateway open, the city is plunged into the 16th century and the Festival begins with a rush.
The presence of the attorneys and traders’ representatives gives solemnity to the Festival
The archivist was one of the most prestigious offices of the city as they were who kept the file where privileges, customs, financial systems, ordinances and agreements were kept. Tortosa preserves the protocol for the archivists' oath, one of the oldest known. This oath was carried out
immediately afterwards the attorneys and counselors' oath. The ceremony is performed in front of the cabinet-file of the city, built in 1574, vestige of that time. This event will take place with participation of the Historical Archive of Baix Ebre.
The noble families have decided to execute the most admirable masked ball that has ever been seen in the city.
They have spent many days rehearsing in their palaces in order to become the best pavanes dancers and other dances provided with impressive masks.
The members of the City Government, the current Town Council, are dressed in the way the magnificent attorneys of the 16th century did.
The Head Attorney and the Attorney of the Festival award the main families of the city their emblems.
The whole Festival with its colours and symbols, and the groups involved, make their way through the streets of the city.
The city bids farewell to the Festival and returns to the present.
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