Carnival of Viareggio
The peculiarity of the Viareggio Carnival consists in giant, allegorical papier-mache floats – the biggest ones weighing about forty tons – and expresses today the old knowledge that goes back to the ancient ‘trionfi’ of the Renaissance, adhering even more to the building techniques of the big sailing boats, a pride of Viareggio traditions.
The Carnival of Viareggio is a carnival event annually held in the Tuscan city of Viareggio, in Italy. It is considered amongst the most renowned carnival celebrations in both Italy and Europe.
The first Viareggio carnival parade was held in 1873, when some wealthy middle-class men decided to organize a parade of floats adorned with flowers; a number of local citizens, as a sign of protest, then decided to put on masks in order to show their refusal of high taxes they were forced to pay.
During the Carnival period, Viareggio and it’s Passeggiata become a true open air Museum where people, coming from all over the world, meet to enjoy the event together.
The parades also include folkloristic bands and performers with the most original masks, offering excitement, culture and tradition in a wide programme of entertainment and fun for children and adults.
The official mascot of the Viareggio carnival is Burlamacco, first depicted in 1931 by Uberto Bonetti. Since 2001, all the floats are built in an apposite seat, called Cittadella del Carnevale , located on the northern side of the Viareggio city territory.