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Carnival in Val di Fassa

17.01.2013 - 12.02.2013

Parades and parties on the snow make for the most gleeful Carnival in the Dolomites

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The Ladin Carnevale of Val di Fassa has already begun this year, having kicked off on January 17th (the Feast Day of Sant’Antonio Abate, Patron Saint of Alba di Canazei).
In Fassa, where “carnascèr” (Carnival) is the perculiar expression of local culture, in which irony and irreverence are the main ingredients of every Carnivalesque event. 
Among the typical masks – the“Bufon,” the “Lachè” and the “Marascons“ are always around to jeer at and joke with participants and passersby, according to formulas both archaic and modern, and of course, in the Ladin Language. 

Gleefulness is also the foundation for the comedies or “mascherèdes,” theatre performances in Ladin that, in their oldest version, as handed down from “Grop de la Mèscres da Delba e Penìa,” present stories and characters from long ago, dressed so as to garner good laughs and good cheer (in Teatro di Penia). 
Then, one of the most beloved celebrations in the Valley takes place in Campitello, on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday. Canazei as well adds to the magic of Carnival (with the assistance of the snow and the night), with ski experts and sledders in masks sliping and sliding all over the town center. Finaly, Fat Tuesday arrives on February 12th, when the Towns of MoenaPozzaVigo and Soraga – against the backdrop of the white peaks of the Dolomites – also play host to the contagious euphoria of “carnascèr” late into the night! 

To learn more about Italy's Carnivals, read: February: The Month of Carnival

Useful information

Tourism Board of Val di Fassa
Press Office
Piazza G. Marconi, 5
Canazei TN
Tel. +39 0462 609612 - fax +39 0462 602074

How to get there

Where: Val di Fassa
Province: Trento
Region: Trentino Alto Adige