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Viareggio Carnival

20 February-12 March 2022. At Viareggio Carnival wagons 20 meters high

20 Feb 2022 - 12 Mar 2022 Tuscany -Viareggio (Lucca)  Carnival | Children | Folklore-Traditions

Viareggio Carnival is one of the most important and famous Carnival in Italy, first organized in 1873!
The program lasts about 15 days, being the Mardi Gras the last one. In 2022 on February 20th, 24th, 27th and on March 1st, 5th, 12th.

The Carnival offers 5 parades of extraordinary and very colorful allegorical wagons at Viali a Mare
The huge wagons, that have been charming the visitors for years, 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 constructor masters are generally inspired by current issues: this year, beyond the characters and the wagons of satirical Italian and international politics.

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.

Viareggio Carnival
Barbarians di Fabrizio Galli, the 2016 winner

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.

Viareggio Carnival

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.

We recommend to always check on the facebook page for any changes of dates or program.

The Carnival has a rich program of events (visit the official site >>>)

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