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Carnival in Cento

15 May-11 June 2022. First Carnival in the world to be combined with the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

15 May 2022 - 11 Jun 2022 Emilia-Romagna -Cento (Ferrara)  Carnival | Children | Folklore-Traditions


On 15, 22, 29 May and 5, 11 June 2022 takes place the Carnival in Cento, the first Carnival in the world (1993) to be combined with the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Its origin dates back to around 1615, when Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as “Guercino”, an Italian painter from Cento, depicted some big celebrations in his paintings. As for Luigi Tasini’s mask, called “Tasi”, the carnival symbol in Cento, it dates back to the beginning of the 1900s, Its burning traditionally closes the event.

Every year, allegorical float parades fill Cento streets, and the same happens 9,000 km away at Sambodromo, in Rio de Janeiro: since 1994, an Italian representative participates in the well-known “Desfile das Campeãs”.
In exchange, every Sunday during Carnival, a Brazilian coloured group of dancers and drummers from Samba Beja Flor school exhibits in Cento enlivening the atmosphere with samba carioca.

In program every Sunday from 2 pm to 6:30 pm mask contests, food and wine events, sports competitions, didactic activities, performances and much more.

The proclamation of the best allegorical float parade marks the end of the Carnival in Cento, along with firework shows and the Traditional Tasi’s Testament, the burning of the traditional mask of Cento.
On stage, national and international bands and musicians in Piazza Guercino and a giant Ferris Wheel where admiring the medieval village of Cento.

We kindly recommend to check on the website or on the event’s facebook page for any possible change of dates or program

(photos from the official website)

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