Throughout Italy, gifts are exchanged by young and old on Jan 6, the day of Epiphany.
TV Traffic on the Piazza Venexia
LV Police on rostrum surrounded by gifts
LV People watch
SV Policeman among gifts
SV View policeman through balloons
SCU Police receives gift from taxi driver
LV Circus animals arrive
SV Elephant gives present to policeman
LV Elephants around rostrum
RV Elephants walk away
CU PAN..gifts of sweets at policeman's feet
LV Policeman surrounded by gifts in the Piazza Flume
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Background: Throughout Italy, gifts are exchanged by young and old on Jan 6, the day of Epiphany. In Rome the traffic police - not always so popular for the rest of the year - receive their fair share.
At all the main road junctions in the city where there is a policeman on point duty, boxes and baskets filled with present pile up beside the guardian of the law, who - for once - shows no concern about the incessant honking of horns and hooters.
A travelling circus - usually a headache for the local police because of many traffic jam caused by small herds of slow-trotting elephants - send artistes animals to pay their respects with handsome gifts.