IL CARNEVALE DI VIAREGGIOThe Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and Europe.
The wagons, which are the largest and most lively of the world, parade along the promenade of Viareggio. The Carnival of Viareggio is not only the most spectacular Italian feast, but it represents the artistic and organizational capacity of the Italians in the world. The third show of the 2011 broke all records were in fact more than 325,000 people to applaud the papier-mâché floats that paraded along the promenade of Viareggio.
The tradition of the parade of floats Viareggio dates back to 1873, when some wealthy burghers decided to dress up in protest against the taxes they were forced to pay. Since then, every year this parade eliminates the discontent of many people and, at the end of the century, appeared the triumphal chariots stucco, heavy canvas material, then later replaced by paper mache molded, to find the maximum sophistication in the 30 ‘of 900 with the paper mold.
The First World War seems to destroy the Carnival in Viareggio, which instead turned out to be more beautiful and grand. The pause war lasted 6 years. The event resumed in 1921 and wagons paraded on two wonderful walks along the sea. In 1971 he played the first carnival of the local marina. During the third millennium will provide great news with papier-mâché floats that are enriched with new technologies to create ever more complex movements, and special effects.
All the carnival is accompanied by masked balls and masquerade parties that have ancient origins, well before the birth of masked. In the 20s the famous masked balls were “colored”, parties in which women had to wear a suit of colors indicated, while the men wore tuxedos, decorations, confetti and streamers in the colors were prescribed. Spaces as the Prince of Piedmont, the Royal and the Café on the Promenade chantant Margaret were the perfect venue for this type of party and the latter in its local 1932JH began in the tradition of the party in costume with a “dance of the eighteenth century powdered “. In years to come you remember the veglioni La Stampa, the Red Cross and Lions, the latter a non-profit associations that often actively participate today in the life of the Carnival. Today veglioni are local parties during the weekend of parades along the seafront. Street parties are accompanied by music, masks and so much fun.