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Viareggio Carnival

05.02.2017 - 28.02.2017

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.

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Viareggio (Lucca)