150 years of celebrating one of Italy’s most prized Carnivals is certainly quite a milestone! The city of Viareggio in Tuscany’s very first edition was held in 1873, exactly 150 years ago, and since then it has become one of the biggest festivals in the world. This year’s dates are from February 4th through the 25th.
The traditional parades of the giant paper mache floats will be held on the following dates: February 4, 12, 16, 19, 21, and 25.
Every year the allegorical and highly satirical floats leave onlookers in awe because of their sheer size, originality, and artistry.
This year’s theme is “Dreams, hopes, and wishes for a better world”. For obvious reasons, the theme reflects the current state of the world right now with subject matter ranging from war to the environment but also reflecting on the 150 years of past carnivals.
The official opening date will be on February 4 at 3 pm with the traditional opening ceremony followed by the first parade at 4 pm. It will then close with a fireworks show.
The closing parade will take place on February 25 at 5 pm and will also end with a spectacular fireworks display.
For complete details and ticket information, visit the official website at Carnevale di Viareggio!