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Color, Size, and Satire: Preparing the floats for the Carnevale of Viareggio

THOMAS RICCIOTTI

Based on ancient ship-building techniques and constructed with the highest degree of craftsmanship, the oats of Viareggio’s Carnevale are a pride for builders whose passion is such that it can take them up to a year to prepare one single oat. But time does not matter, as far as the goal of impressing people and winning the Carnevale is accomplished.

The idea of creating an open-air parade at Viareggio dates back to 1873. Since then, the Carnevale of Viareggio has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors annually and has been televised to a national and international audience.

At the Carnevale the atmosphere is magic, surreal. Patrons are clothed in fancy dress and armed with silly string and confetti, while vendors sell typical fried sweets called cenci and bombolone. Giants can weigh as much as 40 tonnes and car- ry moving papier-mâché gures, some up to 20 meters tall, along a two-kilometer circuit on Viareg- gio’s seafront while music, masked performers and dancers accompa- ny the procession throwing con- fetti and sweets to the crowds. Cheeky satire is directly proportional to oats’ sheer size designed upon themes ranging from mythology to international politics, current a airs and Italian or international celebrities. Behind the grinning caricatures competition is fierce as parade winners are announced at the end of the festivities.

A tradition that de nitely worths to be explored, the Carnevale festivities in Viareggio begin this year on January 27 with an opening parade and take place every Sunday until Saturday February 17. The final day of festivities closes with the announcement of parade winners and a reworks display.

Parades

From Jan. 27 to Feb. 17, Viareggio transforms into the factory of fun with parades of giant paper-night parties, reworks, masked balls, theater, culinary events and big sporting events worldwide.
The triple cannon is the unmistakable signal that the party starts. The giant gargoyles ‘come to life’ between movements, music and dancing.

Jan., Saturday 27

1st MASKED PARADE

Feb., Sunday 4

2nd MASKED PARADE

Feb., Saturday 11

3rd MASKED PARADE

Feb., Tuesday 13

4th MASKED PARADE

Feb.,Saturday 17

5th MASKED PARADE

At the end of the parade winners will be announced Great Ending Fireworks

At the end of the parade winners will be announced
Great Ending Fireworks

BUY YOUR TICKET ONLINE ON VIVATICKET.IT

Payment

Tickets can be bought the day of each parade at the ticket o ce or at the main ticket o ce of the Fondazione Carnevale at the Palazzo delle Muse in Viareggio’s Mazzini Square. Tribune sits must be booked in advance via fax (+39 0584 580771) or email (biglietteria@ilcarnevale.com) and must be paid by bank transfer 20 days before the masked parade that you wish to attend. For more precise information check the website viareggio.ilcarnevale.com/en/.

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