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The Great Historic Carnival of Busseto

4 Sundays of Carnival in February

The Great Historic Carnival of Busseto - Parma, Italy
February Emilia-Romagna -Busseto (Parma)  Carnival | Children | Folklore-Traditions


The Great Historic Carnival of Busseto, also known as the great Carnival of Laughter and Music of Busseto, is one of the most famous events in the province of Parma. In 2022 may reach its 138th edition (!!!), it’s celebrated usually every Sunday in February.

The event is organized by Amici della Cartpesta Association in collaboration with Pro Loco Busseto, the municipality of Busseto and the province of Parma. The huge allegoric wagons are realized with recycled newspaper, glue, nails, wood, tons of iron, by the volunteers of the association.

The centre of the Carnival is Giuseppe Verdi Square, with themed stands and a lot of entertainment activities for kids: bounce houses, make up artists for kids, fun fair…
The wagons’ parade starts at 2 pm and goes on until late at night.
Flag wavers, costumed characters, music and folkloristic bands from the other provinces also participate.
At the “Angolo del Ghiottone” (Glutton Corner) stand, it’s possible to taste delicious fried cakes, sandwiches with typical cold cuts, baked shoulder, French fries, beverages, local wines, etc.

On the last day, Gran Finale with award ceremony for the winning wagon.

Among the side events of the Great historic Carnival of Busseto: the “Strabusseto masked”, the “Soyasun Verdi Marathon”; 2 camping gathering (“Camper in Fidenza” and “In Camper con gusto”), and so much more.

(photos: event’s official website)

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