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Ambrosiano Carnival in Milan

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If you missed the Carnival celebrations in Italy this year, you’re in luck because Carnival in Milan has yet to begin! When all the others are coming to a close, Ambrosiano is just getting started. Let’s find out the details.


Why It Begins Later

Why is it that Ambrosiano begins after Ash Wednesday when all other Carnivals end? Legend has it that the motive for this delay dates back to the fourth century when Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, was out of the city on a religious pilgrimage and wanted to postpone the festivities until his return. Being Bishop, he, of course, got his way, and so now rather than Fat Tuesday, Milan celebrates Fat Saturday. Other theories propose that there could have been catastrophic events leading to the date change. Whatever the reason, the tradition stuck!

Ambrosiano Carnival Events

The event takes place in the historic center of Milan from February 26-29, 2020. The streets will be filled with vibrant colors, costumes, music, dancing, and the aroma of the famous Carnival sweets, chiacchiere and tortelli. This year will be even more exciting because the program of events includes a Clown Festival. Clowns and performers from all over the world will amaze visitors with their skills. But that’s not all because the 2020 edition will also include theater with 18 free performances throughout the city center.

Ambrosiano is completely suitable for kids and from the 26th to the 29th from 2 pm to 7 pm in Piazza San Fedele, Palazzo Marino, City Hall, and Piazza della Scala there will be music, magic shows, face painting, and even workshops.