'Parade of chimney sweeps.'
Chimney sweeps are rarely the focus of attention. But in Santa Maria Maggiore, on the first Sunday of September, they are the stars. Every year, during the International Chimney Sweeps Gathering (Raduno Internazionale dello Spazzacamino) in Valle Vigezzo, between 700 and 1500 chimney sweeps parade in front of the onlookers and have a lot of fun. Here the first of nearly 100 Danish chimney sweeps pass in front of the town hall. Photo Paul Smit.