Parades

Parades

The Viareggio Carnival celebrates in 2018 145 years of life under the sign of a vivid tradition such as the long-established European tradition of Carnival festivals. It is no doubt one of the best known events in Italy. Each year the Viareggio Carnival attracts more than 600.000   spectators gathering to attend the magic of the grand parades of large  floats in  papier-maché. In 2018, THE CARNIVAL MASKED PARADES  will take place  on    27th January,  4th,   11th,   13th, 17th February along the extraordinary Liberty seaside boulevards. 

 

 

Saturday 27th January

1st   MASKED PARADE

At the end of the parade Great Ending Fireworks


 

 Sunday 4th February

2nd   MASKED PARADE

 

Sunday 11th February

3rd MASKED PARADE

 

Tuesday 13th February

4th  MASKED PARADE

                                                                                          

Saturday 17th February

5th  MASKED PARADE

At the end of the parade reading of verdicts of  juries

Great Ending Fireworks

 

The peculiarity of the Viareggio Carnival consists in giant, allegorical papier-maché floats - the biggest ones weighing about forty tons - and expresses today the old knowledge that goes back to the ancient ‘trionfi’ (war-victory feastings) of the Renaissance, adhering even more to the building techniques of the  big sailing boats, a  pride of Viareggio traditions.

 

Every evening, there are carnival celebrations in all of the city’s different districs. The most famous bars, restaurants, discos, etc., including the largest hotels in Versilia, host colourful all night masked carnival parties.

 

Real travelling theatres - the allegorical papier-maché floats are the product of the unequalled creativity, of the extraordinary sculpture and painting skill of Viareggio’s ‘magicians’, and are the highest example of this popular art whose language has spread all over the world.

 

The parades take place in a ring-like circuit  2 kms. long, on the seaside avenue of Viareggio, best known as La Passeggiata.

Here the floats move among the spectators, who can attend the show with no barriers, becoming in turn the protagonists of the parade.

During the Carnival period, Viareggio and it’s Passeggiata  become a true open air Museum  where people, coming from all over the world, meet to enjoy the event together.

The parades also include folkloristic bands and performers with the most original masks, offering excitement, culture and tradition in a wide programme of entertainment and fun for children and adults.

Viareggio, the Carnival town, also known as the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea for its long sandy beaches, its pine-woods, its beautiful promenade, a natural stage for its Carnival surrounded by the Apuan Alps and the Art Deco architecture of its villas along the seaside, is situated on the northern coast of Tuscany.

The town shows its identity and image to the world thanks to its Carnival.  For four consecutive Sundays and during the Mardi Gras parade, thousands of people from Viareggio, and the surrounding areas, take part in this event.