This ceremony is conducted by the Sostituto Gran Cancelliere who substitutes
for the Gran Cancelliere, an officer created when the district carnivals
were unified in 1808.
His task is to keep the Record Book and write down an account of each
year's proceedings. He has a place on the General's staff. Dressed in
velvet and lace under a dark cloak, and wearing a wig and a tricorne,
this official historian of the carnival is accompanied by four Vivandières,
the only women (apart from "Violetta") in the carnival's stock
characters. After the handing over, everyone moves to the Porta di Bando
(Proclamation Gate) to meet the Podestà and his Credendari (Councillors)
dressed in mediaeval costumes, a reminder of the days when Ivrea was
a free commune.