Since 1873, the Carnival of Viareggio has been the Italian factory of merriment and fun. Every year, the breathtaking parades of papier-mâché giant floats sweeps up the audience in a month-long extensive and enthusiastic celebration. For the entire month of February, Viareggio offers visitors and the community alike an extraordinary program of events, which includes parades along the seaside Promenade, musical all-nighters in the city’s different districts, masked dancing balls, fireworks, theatrical performances, cultural events and world sporting competitions. The most longed-for and anxiously-awaited moment is that of the parade of gargantuan floats – the Corsi Mascherati. Five extraordinary opportunities to admire up close the outstanding allegorical machines created and built by artists from Viareggio while allowing yourself to be swept up in the vibrancy of the masks, of the music and by the beauty of the largest show in the world of its kind.