February 17 – March 5 The oldest Carnival in Europe.
Putignano Carnival, now in its 625th edition, is the oldest in Europe.
The 4 parades 2019 take place on Sunday, February 17, on February 24 and March 3 and on March 5, 2019, the day of Mardi Gras.
Putignano Carnival‘s traditional mask, Farinella, a clown wearing the city colours, opens the parade. Farinella is also a traditional food similar to a chickpea and barley flatbread.
Every year, Putignano chooses the Carnival’s main theme from which the themes wagons draw inspiration. This year’s theme is “Satire and Freedom” because especially at the Carnival people need to be free to express themselves.
The 7 allegorical themed wagons surrounded by groups of masked people areThe Italian Revolution, Towards Freedom, Let him who is without sin cast the first apple, Madhouse, Italian Dream Free to change, Stormy Freedom and The Wall – Nightmare from the past.
At the end of the event, the best-themed wagon is announced.
The event includes workshops for kids, literary, entertainment and live performances.
For the occasion, the Carnival Museum in Putignano opens extraordinarily and organizes guided tours at the Hangar of paper-mâché Giants to see the work of the craftsmen.
On Saturday, March 2, are held some sports events such as the 9th Relay Race for youngsters and the 25th Carnival Relay Race.
The Carnival Foundation is committed to environmental sustainability, for this reason, uses only recycled paper-mâché and plastic free eco-friendly materials.
Admission with fees to the masked parades
Free entry for kids under 10
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(photos: event’s official website)