February 9, 2019 – March 5, 2019 all-day
Tuscan city of Viareggio, Italy


Carnevale di Viareggio will be held from 9 – 17 – 23 February, 3 – 5 March 2019

In 2019, the Carnevale di Viareggio celebrates its 146th Anniversary with women taking centre stage.

After almost a century and a half, the Viareggio Carnival carries on its vibrant traditions having become one of Europe’s longest-established festivals and undoubtedly Italy’s best known event. Every year, the Carnevale di Viareggio attracts more than 500.000 spectators who gaily crowd the city’s boardwalk as they admire the breath-taking parades of papier-mâché gargantuan floats.

2019 CARNIVAL GIANT FLOAT PARADES will take place along the extraordinary Liberty seaside boulevards on:

Saturday 9 February
Sunday 17 February
Saturday 23 February
Sunday 3 March
Fat Tuesday 5 March

This year, the Viareggio papier-mâché magicians have chosen as their main subjects a wide array of characters ranging from mythical Medea to immortal artist Frida Kahlo, from the fight against bullying to the quest in contrasting sea pollution and from the drama of migrants to Trump’s dream of returning on the moon.

The Cittadella del Carnevale di Viareggio

The impressive complex of the Cittadella del Carnevale di Viareggio
was inaugurated in 2001 and is the largest and most important Italian thematic center dedicated to carnival floats and masks. It houses sixteen large hangars and workshops where the giant floats are built,a laboratory where the art of papier-mâché is taught, three museum areas and a historical photo and film archive and documentation center.

At the Citadel of the Carnevale di Viareggio it is possible to visit the Papier Mâché Museum where the breathtaking floats are stored and the Museum of the Carnival that illustrates the over 100-year old history of the Carnevale through original documents, photographs, sketches,
posters and models. Visitors can also admire the extraordinary Carnevalotto collection of contemporary art created for the Carnevalotto Prize from 1987 to today by some or the most famous artists: a celebration of Carnival throughout the years. A video on the history of the
Carnival of Viareggio wraps up the magical tour.



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