Visitors to Sulmona on Easter Sunday can witness an evocative procession 'La Madonna che Scappa' which celebrates Christ's resurrection. It is celebrated on Easter day in Piazza Garibaldi, after the mass. A huge statue of the Madonna, carried by a group of Sulmonesi part of Confraternities, is run through the square towards her resurrected Son.
It is a traditional folk commemoration that goes back to the Middle Ages with a parade of believers, the liberation of doves and the pealing of church bells which ends the ceremony. A little before midday the representatives of St Peter and St John announce the resurrection of Jesus to Mary by knocking on the door of the Church of San Filippo.