It was an awesome parade that lasted about an hour with a grand finale of the fighter planes flying overhead, leaving a trail of green, white, and red smoke behind it. The parade was mostly a display of Italy's different branches of the military and also the police, red cross, and fire departments. It started with the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, and then the different international armed forces including the United States. The crowd's spirit was infectious! Every branch of the military was greeted with applause and many shouts of "Brava!" especially the military nurses.