The Carnival in Italy is a very famous winter event celebrated with parades, masquerade dances, parties, music (with new and traditional songs), and many events. Tricks are also common during Carnival, hence the saying A Carnevale Ogni Scherzo Vale (meaning “anything goes at carnival”).
Viareggio’s Carnival (held in the seaside promenade of the town) is certainly one of the most popular events of its kind, and offers a magic atmosphere which boasts an ancient history and a very long tradition to which the inhabitants would never renounce for anything in the world.
A long tradition that began in 1873, when the citizens of the town decided to masquerade as a remonstration against high taxes. Carnival today is something different – although the original spirit of complain against public administration is still there – and is more an occasion of once in a year for doing anything strange or foolish, anything you would never do in standard periods.
A good occasion for visiting Tuscany in a different period of the year – maybe staying in a peaceful country house where to recover from the confusion and noise of the carnival – and – why not – to merge in the festival with an original costume!
The event is also a beautiful artistic appointment as the big satiric paper figures are of a unique beauty and built according each artist’s inspiration, taken both from reality and fantasy.
The Carnival of Viareggio is so essential for its citizens, that a whole quarter of the town is committed to the construction of the paper floats that parade through the town.
The program of the Carnival of Viareggio is always very intense and is enhanced each year with special events. The dates of 2013 Carnival are from 3 February to 3 March, with fantastic parades each Sunday of the month. Don’t miss it!