Ivrea Carnival

Ivrea Carnival

Ivrea Carnival

Famous in all of Italy and, above all abroad is the Carnival in the Piedmontese town of Ivrea . Established in 1808, the Carnival of Ivrea is one of the oldest and most particular festivals in the world.

Also participating are the customary Napoleonic General Staff, composed of mounted officers and Vivandieres. Completing the array of historic personalities and traditions are the Assistant Grand Chancellor, the Magnifico Podestà , and the Parade of Parish Flags.

The Battle of the Oranges is a festival in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, which includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups. It is the largest food fight in Italy.

Also participating are the customary Napoleonic General Staff, composed of mounted officers and Vivandieres. Completing the array of historic personalities and traditions are the Assistant Grand Chancellor, the Magnifico Podesta, and the Parade of Parish Flags.

An important detail: the people on the carts are decked out in armor, including face-protecting helmets. Those on the street squads are not. It is not uncommon to see people stumbling out of the square with orange-induced injuries, such as black eyes, cuts, and the sting of citric acid in a wound.

Meanwhile, through the streets of the city the Mugnaia and her cortège distribute sweets and presents to spectators. Then, the traditional procession through Ivrea’s streets includes floats, folkloristic and musical groups that come from all of Italy and all of Europe.

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