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Pont-Saint-Martin Carnival

February 8th to 14th, 2024. History and folklore with Saint Martin and the Devil.

Carnevale di Pont Saint Martin
08 Feb 2024 - 14 Feb 2024 Valle D'Aosta -Pont-Saint-Martin (Aosta)  Categorie evento Carnival | Children | Folklore-Traditions

From February 8th to 14th, 2024, it takes place the 114th edition of the Pont-Saint-Martin Carnival where ancient tales and traditions live again every year.

The  Pont-Saint-Martin Carnival is inspired by a local legend about Saint Martin, who was on a pilgrimage along the Via Francigena, and met the Devil in Pont-Saint-Martin, where the only bridge and way to cross the Lys had been destroyed.

The Saint made a pact with the Devil: Satan would build a new bridge in one night, but in exchange, he wanted the soul of the first living being who would cross it. The following day, Saint Martin freed a dog on the bridge, thus saving the whole town citizens.

The Pont-Saint-Martin Carnival first edition was celebrated in 1902, and its program hasn’t changed since 1910.

For a week, Saint Martin, Satan, the Roman Consul, the Lys Nymph, her Handmaids, the Tribunes of the People and the Roman Guards come back to life and parade through the streets of the Old Town.

The program includes torchlight walks, processions, music and dance shows, theatre performances, firework shows, mask contests, allegorical float parades, folklore, and so much more. The Carnival ends with the burning of the Devil under the Roman bridge he supposedly built.

During the Carnival,  the protagonists are also the typical dishes, and a local delicacy is served every day at lunch along the streets!

The last day, the Ash-Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a lunch with “Polenta e Mërluss” (polenta and codsteak) is served (reservation and payment are required). This is a chance to spend time with the friends with whom the Carnival has been celebrated.

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