A local Sienese marches through the city streets representing his contrada (neighbourhood).
A Nicchio (seashell) supporter.
The crowd eagerly waiting for the race to begin in Piazza del Campo.
A young supporter of the Drago contrada.
Locals who are fortunate enough to live in the homes looking out to the centre usually invite family and friends to share the best views of the race from their patio.
A young girl awakes from a mid day slumber while waiting for the race to begin.
Pantera (panther) contrada supporters plant their flag on their patio.
As a tradition, before the race begins, each participating contrada marches around the track waving and throwing the flag high in the air to entertain the crowd.
The Drago in momentum.
The centre of the city becomes one big megaphone as the crowd cheers on the jockeys.
The crowd tries to snap the Aquila (eagle) as he speeds by them.
As soon as the race finishes, the crowd runs toward the champion.
Flags of contrade are worn on the necks of supporters.
An emotional celebratory hug.
Sienese locals take the Palio very seriously and is often a very emotional event when their contrada wins.
Even the youth are emotional invested in the race. These two kids are in tears as the push their way towards the champ.
While the jockey often gets the praise, the winning horse equally gets it too.
Andrea Mari, jockey of the Civetta (owl) contrada, being carried to victory and adored by his supporters.
The champ tries to stay upright while being mobbed by paparazzi and supporters.