I have a question about the following text, which is supposed to give information about the "Festa di Sant'Anna", which apparently takes place on the island "Ischia":

La festa si svolge sul mare. C'è una sfilata di barche decorate che vanno al Castello Aragonese e c'è un premio per la barca più bella.

Ok, so this festivity takes place at a coast (next to the sea), and there are boats in the water and the most beautiful one gets a price. But what is meant with "sfilata di barche" exactly? So are the boats going by the people on the coast or are people walking by and the boats stand still? Or is it simply not clear from that piece of information?

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    I would say that people are on the coast watching the boats as they pass by, similar to what a "sfilata di moda" (fashion show) is. treccani.it/vocabolario/sfilata
    – Denis Nardin
    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:54
  • The acceptation described in Andrea's answer and in Deins Nardin's comment is correct in this case, as the boats are described as navigating towards some place, but in general mind that "sfilata" might refer also to any "still" sequence of something, hence being more of a "showcase" then a "parade"; not sure if "parade" itself may assume this other acceptation in English as well though.
    – kos
    Sep 29, 2015 at 18:47
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    You can tell it's the boats moving because it says "una sfilata di barche that go to the Castello Aragonese" Oct 2, 2015 at 7:38
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    – I.M.
    Oct 24, 2015 at 9:07

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The dictionary (this version, in particular) reports, as the main definition of "sfilata": "Passaggio di persone o di mezzi in successione, perlopiù ordinata", translatable as "Passage of people or vehicles, one after another, mostly in an organized way".

So, boats are navigating the sea, and people can look at them from the coast. This definition lets "sfilata" be translatable into "parade", in English.

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