From February 4th to 25th, 2023 at Viareggio Carnival wagons 20 meters high
Viareggio Carnival is one of the most important and famous Carnival in Italy, first organized in 1873!
The program offers six parades on February 4, 12, 16, 19, 21, 25, 2023 with extraordinary and very colorful allegorical wagons.
The huge wagons have been charming the visitors for years, and made famous the papier-mâché artists in the world, who yearly amaze the audience and challenge each other with incredible technical and artistic creations.
The masters are generally inspired by current issues.
Every parade is composed of a caravan of 14 wagons, 9 dressed up groups, and 9 single masks. Every wagon is high more than 20 meters and 12 meters wide and more than 250 dressed-up figures dance on the “first-class” wagons.
More than 25 craft enterprises and one thousand people are the creators of the wagons. Most of them are sons of art who inherited the secrets and the abilities of the work by their fathers and grandfathers.
At the end of the Carnival the winners are elected through a merit ranking.
The symbol of Viareggio Carnival is the Burlamacco mask, created by the painter and graphic Uberto Bonetti in 1930. The Burlamacco, inspired by the masks of the Art Comedy, was realized in a futuristic style and it sums up 2 interesting moments of Viareggio: white and red colors represent summer and the colors of the umbrellas at the beach during the 1930’s, and then during winter they became the symbol of the Carnival period.
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The Carnival has a rich program of events (visit the official site >>>)
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