On the 24th, there is a procession from the Cathedral of San Lorenzo to the Porto Antico. People follow the Ark containing the saint’s relics.
According to the legend, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo holds the alleged ashes of St John the Baptist, stolen during the Holy Crusades.
When the procession arrives at the city’s Old Port, a ritual benediction takes place. In fact, the Cardinal blesses the sea and the city. Finally, the remains of the saint are taken back to San Lorenzo Cathedral and the cerimony is solemnly concluded.
More pictures of the procession can be seen on the Journal “La Repubblica – Genova“