Escorted Rail Tours to Viareggio
Enjoy the carnival celebrations in this Tuscan city
Viareggio comes to life in February and March every year, with its colourful carnival, which features elaborate parades, performers in typical 'burlamacco' masks and flamboyant costumes. Taking place over a month prior to Lent, the festival has been a part of Viareggio for 139 years.
Huge papier mâchè floats glide down the promenade depicting caricatures of popular personages, including politicians, celebrities and sportsmen, and the whole city is alive with music, animation, games and entertainment. There is often a satirical theme to the floats, as townsfolk poke fun at national politicians and events.
The floats, which can take all year to create, are sometimes taller than many of the buildings along the promenade. Inside, several people operate the mechanisms which move the different parts.