The allegorical machines

The allegorical machines

The competition

Unique in the world in size, movement, choreography and sensational nature, the giant Carnival floats are true allegorical machines that travel along a ring circuit on the seaside Promenade of Viareggio between breathtaking Liberty buildings and extraordinary squares overlooking the beach. Paper-mâché rules supreme, or better casted and molded paper does. Viareggio-born painter and builder Antonio D’Arliano invented this technique in 1925. Over the years, it has allowed the construction of increasingly large floats that at the same time are quite light. Models in clay, plaster casts and newspaper and glue made of flour and water are the simple ingredients of the greatest show on earth of its kind. Thanks to a unique artisanship, the philosophy of reusing and recycling are the cornerstones of the Carnival of Viareggio.

The competition is divided into four categories.

Young artists begin their career in the individual masquerade section. The next step is the group masquerade category: six masks linked by a single theme. Floats are divided into two classes: those of second category and the first category floats, the big, gigantic, gargantuan allegorical machines. Real traveling theaters. The Jury establishes a ranking for each category, from last to first prize.