05.02.2017 - 28.02.2017
Barbarians by Fabrizio Galli, winner of the 2016 edition of the carnival
The Viareggio Carnival celebrates 144 years of life in 2017 and it’s the sign of a vivid tradition alike 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 2017, THE CARNIVAL MASKED PARADES will take place on : 5th , 12th , 18th, 26th, 28th February, along the extraordinary Liberty-style seaside boulevards.
The peculiarity of the Viareggio Carnival consists in giant, allegorical papier-maché floats - the biggest ones weighing about forty tons. The event expresses today the old tradition that goes back to the ancient ‘trionfi’ (war-victory feasts) of the Renaissance, and it is akin to the building techniques of the big sailing boats, a pride of Viareggio’ heritage.
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.