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Traditions

Carnevale di Viareggio

A month of fun between floats, music and shows

Viareggio is considered the capital of Carnival. The origins of Carnevale di Viareggio dates back to 1873 when some wealthy families of Viareggio decided on a boring day of Mardi Gras Parade with carriages and horses, a luxury in those days, the streets of the city. The road trip was pleased and the following year was created a company of Carnival Lady at the event. Ten years later appeared the first float and subsequently the first wagons in the grout.

In 1930 the brainchild of painter Umberto Bonetti was born Burlamacco, Viareggio symbol white-red mask. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important in Italy and count every year five big carnival parades with giant floats parading Viali a Mare.

Tanks made of papier-mâché (a mixture of water, glue, chalk and paper) are created and shaped by the citizens that in the year are to create new spectacular creations. To kick off the Carnival parade is the threefold unmistakable burst of cannon. For a month, Viareggio transforms into the city of entertainment, with Fireworks, theatrical performances, culinary events and sports. A show that is renewed every year and offering unique emotions.

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