The Carnival Season kicks off in Italy
“A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale!” Anything goes at Carnival, Italians say. It doesn’t matter if you are a celebrity, a politician, or even the Pope, the giant puppets parading in the historical Carnivals of Viareggio or Putignano can resemble anybody.
This year, the 142nd edition of the world-famous event held in the Tuscan town of Viareggio, in the province of Lucca, will kick off on January 31 and is expected to host masks of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, as well as of Silvio Berlusconi and Pope Francis.
Since Mardi Gras of 1873, when a group of young people dressed up with costumes marched along the town’s main street for the first time, the Carnival of Viareggio has extraordinarily grown in size and popularity.
Nowadays it offers an entire month of festivities for the whole family, featuring papier-mâché floats, mask contests, food fairs, and firework shows, which attract thousands of visitors from all over the world….
Read full article published by l’Italo Americano on January 28, 2015 by Silvia Simonetti: http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2015-1-28/Carnival