On November 4, at 9am, at the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, an extraordinary City Council meeting will be held with the Mud Angels in attendance. Immediately afterwards will be a Mud Angels rally. The city will honour the volunteers who return to Florence 50 years later through speeches by the highest city officials and members of the city council.
During the rally, there will also be speeches from the Mud Angels, as well as a previously unpublished Franco Zeffirelli interview by RAI and two songs composed especially for the occasion by Giuseppe Lanzetta with an orchestra. The ceremony will end at approximately 1pm.
Additional space will be set up inside the palazzo to ensure a larger number of spectators can attend the rally. The entrance will be open to all, although you will be invited to show the badge distributed in Piazza dell’Unità on 2, 3 and 4 November.
At 11:30am, there will be a Mass at Santa Croce celebrated by Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, who was also a Mud Angel. At 1pm, a small procession will reach Ponte alle Grazie to lay wreaths in memory of the victims of the Arno flood.
During the day, the stamp dedicated to the Mud Angels will be officially presented with Poste Italiane President and Secretary Giacomelli d’Arme in Palazzo Vecchio’s Sala d’Arme.
At about 3pm, the relocation ceremony of the restoration of Vasari’s Last Supper to Santa Croce will be held with attendance by the President of the Republic and at 5pm, the official ceremony will be held in Palazzo Vecchio’s Salone dei Cinquecento again with the President of the Republic.
At 6:30pm: the world premiere of the new documentary “Dopo l’alluvione” in the Salone dei Cinquecento. The documentary was produced by SKYARTEHD and E. Pacciani.
At 8:30pm, a torchlight procession will begin at the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte and end at Piazza Santa Croce in memory of the same organised on November 4, 1967. Mud Angels, as well as the general public, especially young college students, Italian and foreign, are invited to participate in the vigil. The aim of the evening is precisely to mark the “handover” of care and commitment for Florence from the generation of 1966 to that of 2016.