February-March 2022, the oldest Carnival in Europe. 4 parades and a Pentolaccia feast
Putignano Carnival, now in its 627th edition, is recognized as the oldest Carnival in Europe.
The parades take place between late February to early March 2022. This year it ends with a big “Pentolaccia“.
Farinella traditional mask, a clown wearing the city colours, opens the parade of Putignano Carnival.
Farinella is also the name of 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.
After 2019 theme “Satire and Freedom” inviting people to be free, the 2020 theme was “how Carnival see the Earth”.
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 the days before and after the parades, it organizes guided tours of the papier-mâché giants workrooms to see the work of the craftsmen. Reservation is required
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 14
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(photos: event’s official website)