On 9th of August was an incredible carnival in Viareggio. On the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea this city (with population of over 64000 citizens) is known for the Carnival of Viareggio and its papier-mâché floats. The parade along the promenade known as “Passeggiata a mare” (along the beach), and is usually is held every year in the weeks preceding Easter. Its main characteristic is given by the parade of floats and masks, usually made of paper-pulp, depicting caricatures of popular people, such as politicians, showmen and sportsmen.
Well, as it’s usually held on the last month of winter on some weekends (here are the dates for 2015 to check out), on this summer’s night the carnival “La Notte delle Maschere” was like as a good attraction to see it again on winter. Personally for me, I appreciate it a lot and I participated two times and I guarantee that I will be here in winter too 🙂 Why? Because I feel relaxed and I feel that my feet are making dance’s steps and my hips are moving because the music is everywhere. And loudly. From every float the music’s calling to dance, people around it are dancing, waving their hands and it seems like everybody’s have fun. Furthermore, everybody’s dressed in the special costumes, with masks and wigs, with vibrant and intense make up.
To sum up my experience:
the carnival is full of music, colours, motions, smiles and papier-mâché.
If you want to see this popular carnival next February – here’s a link with useful information www.viareggio.ilcarnevale.com