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In the weeks leading up to the procession, the streets of Catania begin to flood with people and voices. The Festa begins on February 3rd with the procession of the candelore, which are tall, golden chariots carried by several devoti and accompanied by a band. They contain scenes of Agatha's martyrdom and are adorned with cherubs, lamps, and red, green, and white flags. There are 13 candelore, each of which represent an important trade within the city.
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