Viareggio Carnival Floats

Confetti, streamers, costumes and Carnival’s floats are just some of the key words of the craziest time of the year: Carnival. A Tuscan proverb says “during Carnival all jokes are allowed”: jokes and pranks actually are the recurring theme during this time of this year.
[Photo Credits: Francesco Terzini]
[Photo Credits: Francesco Terzini]

Viareggio: Tuscany's most famous Carnival

In Tuscany, the best place to spend Carnival and enjoy it in the most crazy ways is Viareggio, where there’s a world famous Carnival that takes place every year. What makes this Carnival so special are its papier machè’s floats and the huge parade that takes place to present them. The Viareggio Carnival floats can amaze the old and the young. Last year I went there with some friends: I had a great time and spend an unforgettable and fun day! We arrived there all dressed up and with bags full of confetti in the early afternoon (I wouldn't recommend you drive there but catch a bus or a train insted, the city gets really busy) just in time to hear the burst of three cannon balls that celebrate the official beginning of Carnival. At first, we found a little comfy spot to watch the parade, then we got carried away with the music and dances.  The Carnival float's were just amazing! Two of them really captured my attention: “ the Dragon Dance” and “Only one Mother: Mother Earth”.
[Photo Credits: Francesco Terzini]
[Photo Credits: Francesco Terzini]

When to go in 2012

This year’s edition of the Carnival will start on Saturday 4th and Sunday February the 5th and will continue every Sunday untill February 12th and, of course, Mardì Gras (21st of February) included. To take part in the Viareggio Carnival you need to buy a ticket  that costs 15 euros for adults and 10 euros for young boys and girls (reduced prices), kids until up to 10 years old don’t pay (read below for the details). For more info you can have a look at the official Carnival of Viareggio web site!

[Photo Credits: Lorenzo Picchiotti]
[Photo Credits: Lorenzo Picchiotti]

Tip

I strongly recommend you stop in Viareggio until sunset to see the beauty of the sun going down by the sea and then begin partying thanks to the exciting nightlife and loads of parties that take place in the different neightborhoods of the city. Music, dances and entertainment thoughtout the streets until dusk. See you on the 4 th of February and don’t forget the confetti! :mrgreen:
I am Chiara Tempestini, I live in Prato, I work in Florence, but I was born in Viareggio. I am a web geek, always connected, curious, with a strong passion for Google and social media. I love travelling and living new experiences, but every year my must is Viareggio Carnival :)