Parma had the better of this match, but only came away with a point as both teams ended their run of defeats.
Both sides were on poor form, as Cesena had lost three on the trot and the Ducali two. Giuseppe Colucci's ban forced the home side to reshuffle with former Tardini flop Luis Jimenez given a rare start. Parma had to do without Sebastian Giovinco, Alberto Paloschi, Daniele Galloppa and Alessandro Lucarelli.
This fixture hadn't been played in Serie A or B since January 13 1991, when Parma came away 1-0 winners. That was their only victory here along with one draw and two defeats.
Antonio Mirante was forced into a desperate save to deny Emanuele Giaccherini, who had pounced on a poor Massimo Gobbi backpass.
Parma had a strong start, but it was Cesena who took the lead from a set play. The Jimenez corner was floated in for Erjon Bogdani to soar above the crowd with his powerful header.
Francesco Antonioli showed cat-like reflexes - especially for a 41-year-old - to deny Valeri Bojinov from a Marques assist.
The Ducali drew level on the half-hour mark. A deflected Francesco Valiani cross found Cristian Zaccardo's header at the back post, which looped over Antonioli into the far top corner.
Benalouane had penalty appeals for a nudge in the box, but Parma had more of the ball in the first half at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi.
Luca Antonini wasted a golden opportunity when his first touch let him down on an inspired through ball that had completely fooled Ceccarelli.
On the hour mark Marques crossed to the back post, but the Valiani volley only struck the side-netting from close range.
A poor clearance fell to Caserta and it took Mirante's save at full stretch to fingertip the shot away from the line.