Parades

Parades

The Viareggio Carnival celebrates in 2021 148 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 2021, THE CARNIVAL MASKED PARADES  will take place  on   Saturday 30 January,  Sunday 7, Thursday 11, Sunday 14, Tuesday 16 and Saturday 20 February 2021 along the extraordinary Liberty seaside boulevards.  


**** Carnevale di Viareggio 2021 ****

Program

 

 

Saturday 30 January @ 4 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

1st GIANT FLOAT PARADE – Evening Inauguration

Firework show and music to follow

 

Sunday 7 February @ 3 p.m.

2nd GIANT FLOAT PARADE

 

Thursday 11 February @ 6 p.m.

3rd GIANT FLOAT PARADE - Evening

 

Sunday 14 February @ 3 p.m.

4th GIANT FLOAT PARADE 


 

Tuesday 16 February @ 3 p.m.

5th GIANT FLOAT PARADE

 

Saturday 20 February @ 4 p.m.

6th & Final GIANT FLOAT PARADE

Prize giving ceremony

&

Firework show to follow

 

9 First Class gargantuan papier-mâché allegorical floats (moving theatres towering up 70 feet over the crowds and weighing about 40 tons), 5 Second Class floats 9 Group Masquerades and 7 Individual masquerades will parade along Viareggio’s Liberty-era boardwalk, best known as La Passeggiata.



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.