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Viareggio Carnival 2009

carnival in tuscanyViareggio Carnival is 135 years old and is doubtless the most famous carnivalesque event in Italy, and one of the most important of Europe, recalling hundreds of thousand visitors from all over the world.
Huge paper maché floats and puppets will parade along the famous "viali a mare"( boulevard running beside the beach), down the sea promenades, offering a wide programme of entertainment and fun for children and adults. At least 800.000 people are awaited in Viareggio, on the Tuscan Coast.
You will admire huge floats and masquerades composed of paper maché elements (about 3 meters high). The parade will also include folkloristic bands and performers from all over the world. The biggest floats will carry about 200 people in costume, who will dance and throw confetti and candies.
The paper maché puppets satirise public and political figures, put on scene social issues, as well as the fairy-tales’ heroes.
Here are the days in February:
On Sundays (at 3.00 pm): 8, 15, 22
Mardi Gras: 24th at 2.45 pm
March, the 1st at 5.00 pm

Tickets for the Viareggio Carnival: 15 euro
Kids (under 10 years old): free entrance.
Viareggio is a city on the Tuscan Coast, not far from Lucca. It takes about 1 hour from Florence by train.
Foto di Bettola via Flickr

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