Viareggio Carnival

The Viareggio carnival has always been considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy, Europe and the world.

The Viareggio carnival has always been considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy, Europe and the world.
The wagons, which are the largest and most animated in the world, parade along the seaside promenade viareggina.
The main theme of the event has always been satire, political and social [1]

History of the Viareggio carnival
The tradition of the wagon parade in Viareggio dates back to 1873, when some rich bourgeois decided to disguise themselves to protest against the too many taxes they were forced to pay.
Tradition has it that the idea was born at the tables of the Caffè del Casino, inaugurated forty years before.
Since then every year this parade allows to eliminate the discontent of so many people and, at the end of the century, the triumphal chariots appeared in stucco, heavy materials canvas, later replaced by the molded paper mache, to find the maximum refinement in the 30's 900 with the cast paper.

Feasts
The whole carnival is accompanied by veglioni and fancy dress parties that have ancient origins, well before the birth of the masked courses. In the 1920s the "color" swims were famous, parties in which the women had to wear a dress of the indicated colors, while the men wore the tuxedos, the decorations, the confetti and the streamers were in the prescribed colors. Places such as the Prince of Piedmont, the Royal Hotel and the Cafe Chantant Margherita on the Promenade were the ideal venue for this type of party and in this last place began in 1932 the tradition of dress-ups with a "eighteenth-century powdered dance" ".
In the years to come remember the vulgaris of La Stampa, the Red Cross and Lions, the latter non-profit associations that often and willingly participate actively in the life of the Carnival. Today the balls are local parties during the weekends of the masked courses on the seafront. They are street parties accompanied by music, masks and lots of fun.

Rioni
At the same time as the carnival period, the Rioni del Carnevale of Viareggio are held in the five city districts (Q.A. Airfield, Torre del Lago, Marco Polo, Darsena and Croce Verde).
Similar to the daytime carnival, the districts see the presence of amateur wagons and a large number of walking masks. For the city streets are set up fairgrounds, discotheque tracks and dining facilities where you can dine with dishes based on fish and other local specialties.

Viareggio Carnival 2019 agenda

Great Masked Parades
The giant allegorical floats in papier-mache parade on the avenues to the sea

Saturday 9 February - 16 hours
1 ° MASKED PARADE evening OPENING
Pyromusical show

Sunday 17 February - 15 hours
2 ° MASKED PARADE

Saturday 23 February - 17 hours
3 ° MASKED PARADE

Sunday 3 March - 3 pm
4 ° MASKED PARADE

Tuesday, March 5 - 15 hours
5 ° MASKED PARADE

At the end the proclamation of the winners

Great final fireworks show

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