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A Chim Chiminey Parade Honors Sweeps and Recalls Past Horrors

SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE, Italy — They paraded through the cobblestone streets, brandishing tall brushes like batons, a peppy — if sooty — bunch who occasionally called out: “spazzacaminoooooo,” Italian for chimney sweep (with a few extra o’s for emphasis). Along the parade path, children held plastic bags open, hoping to …

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