Three saints compete in the 'candle race' up a 2,690 ft.hill to the mountain church?
G.V.Pan down Gubbio Church.
T.V. Crowds and procession.
S.V. Flags in procession.
S.V. Bishop blessing.
S.V. Men down stops with candles.
S.V. People look on from balcony window.
S.V. Man down stops with another candle.
B.V. Ditto into mass crowd.
S.B.V. Ditto with another candle.
S.V. Man down stops with candle statues.
S.V. Bishop and others look on from balcony.
T.V. Candles uprighted- and start of race.
T.V. Candle rounding square through crowd.
C.U. Man carrying candle past camera.
T.V. Candles in street and turn around etc.,
Ground shot. Candle towards in street and past camera.
S.V. Carrying candle past camera.
Pan up Ditto to statue on candle.
C.U. Statue on candle.
S.V. Carrying statue past camera.
T.V. Candles around square- one falls over.
S.T.V. Righting fallen candle.
T.V. Candles around square.
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Background: Three saints compete in the 'candle race' up a 2,690 ft.hill to the mountain church of St. Ubaldo, in Gubbio, Italy.
This race is part of an annual festival and the saints, wooden effigies mounted on 30 ft. pedestals, are carried by the townafol E.Gubbio, which dates from six centuries before the founding of Rome, is full of numerous, fine examples of medieval art and contains some customs that were originally paganistic. The candle race is thought to be one of the latter, although many people believe it to be a celebration of the victory over the forces of emperor Frederick I in 1155 by the inhabitants of Gubbio assisted by Bishop Ubaldo, who was later canonised.
Whatever the origins, the candle race, sometimes called the race of the race of the mad, is thoroughly enjoyed by the town. The saints represent St. Ubaldo, St. George and St. Anthony and are the patrons of the stone masons, the store keepers and the farmers respectively.
There is a certain amount of abandonment once the festival starts swinging and the whole town follow the race up the hillside to the church.