Carnival of Viareggio

Carnival of Viareggio

05-28 Feb 2017
Viareggio , Italy
Viareggio Various Venues

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Carnival of Viareggio deserves a place of honor Among the many attractions of perhaps the world’s most beloved Italian region, Tuscany : it is one of the most important and appreciated carnivals internationally, one in which thousands of people – tourists and Italians alike – participate every year. The parades draw thousands of visitors of all ages, who come to see both the spectacular floats and parade as well as participate in the festive air that can be breathed in the town on the days of the masquerade processions. The Carnival in Viareggio is not just for adults, children are more than welcome and have loads of fun together with their parents. The whole procession takes place during daylight hours, in great celebration with everyone in costumes one way or another and lots of music. The festive spirit draws everyone to join in and dance around as well. Each year famous guests, politicians and sports figures come in Viareggio to admire their papier - mâché effigy as well as thousands of people decree the success of the event. Carnival of Viareggio is an event and I like events...
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Why Carnival of Viareggio 2017?

The Carnival of Viareggio fills a whole month of daytime and nighttime festivities with parades of allegorical floats, local parties, masked balls and festivals of all kinds.

Viareggio's broad seaside promenade is lined with grand buildings designed in what Italians call Liberty-style architecture that is similar to Art Deco, alongside fashionable boutiques, bars, nightclubs and seafood restaurants. Just a few blocks inland are acres of park-like pine forest— la pineta —where lovers stroll, children play and bicyclists and joggers get their exercise under the shady canopy of trees. Among Viareggio's frequent vacationers over the decades were the poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley and opera composer Puccini, who lived nearby.

 

A Seaside Resort Transforms:

When Carnevale time rolls around each year in February and March, the elegant town is transformed with a riot of color, music, and creative energy.

A triple cannon shot from the sea announces the start of each Carnevale parade, and lavish floats topped with huge papier-mâché figures, some reaching four stories high, begin their slow move along the Lungomare promenade. About a million people each year visit Viareggio for month-long Carnevale, taking in a variety of concerts, sports and cultural events, but mostly flocking to watch the awe-inspiring procession of elaborate floats accompanied by hundreds of costumed and masked revelers, dancing to music

 

Televised Parades and Complex Puppetry:

Of Carnevale's five parades that take place each year, three are held on Sunday afternoons leading up to Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday), when the fourth is scheduled – and televised live on national TV.

The floats and huge figures are designed locally by teams of artisans, some of whom learned the art from their fathers and grandfathers. The towering characters are funny, whimsical, allegorical, mythological or often satirical takes on political, show business and historical figures.  Not only are the figures stunning in their visual artistry but, underneath the animated surfaces, they are run by sophisticated machinery that moves limbs and facial features by complex mechanisms. Some liken watching the Carnevale parades to attending exhibits of moving art.



For further information, please visit the official website at www.viareggio.ilcarnevale.com.
Viareggio Various Venues
Viareggio, Province of Lucca, Italy



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