Experiencing a Carnevale in Viareggio

This is a very backdated post, but I didn’t know what to blog about today so finally I thought that I’d end my procrastination and share some pictures of my experience in a real life carnival.

As you know, in Italy, there is an event called Martedi Grasso which is kind of like a last chance for you to enjoy yourself before the start of 40 days of lent.

So you’d see a lots of children in costumes, throwing confetti around.  There would also be a carnival, and I was fortunate enough to experience one in the town of Viareggio.

You could read my experience there on the first day and the second day.

Which brings us to this post, the third day, Sunday. I woke up bright and early, excited to finally watch the carnival up close.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

(Not sure if I should keep having bangs)

After having our breakfast, we went back to the cittadella, where the floats were created and stored, for a few last minute interviews – one of them, a Mr Luciano Tomeni with his creation called, “Naviga il mio profilo”.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

I adore the name because it’s so witty as “naviga” means surf in Italian and the phrase “surf to my profile” works in this context.

From what I remember, the creator was inspired to create this float as he remembers a time when people had to physically go to places to see artworks and masterpieces. Nowadays though, everyone has become an armchair critic with social media.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

After we were done with the interviews, it was nearly noon and we heard news of how there was going to be rain, and that there was a risk that the carnival might be cancelled. The skies was already quite cloudy and I felt a little bit of a drizzle. It’ll be so sad to travel all the way here without seeing the floats!

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

(Here are the hosts Mas and Seri)

Fortunately the organisers gave the green light and we headed to Viali a Mare, where at that point of time, the entire area was barricaded and there were so many people there, that the seats were starting to be fully occupied.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

Aren’t all these floats amazing? I thought that the floats were as all as the hangars, but I realised that once out, the creators could affix more parts to make them even taller!

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

I love the colourful, festive and lively atmosphere. There were many people dancing around on the streets, on the floats, and cheers everywhere.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

In front of each floats will be a group of performers dressed up with the same theme as the float. These dancers for example are dressed up in Italian 18th century outfit.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

This group of performers were a little bit scary, with their bells and their whips. The men in the hoods came up to the audience even and smeared some coal on our faces.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

All of floats has a back story – many of them politically themed.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

But I think that something that I’ll never forget is how Zul, the producer managed to get us up, on top of this float! As you remember, we interviewed the creator the day before. Such a cheerful looking float!

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

I tried to take some shots from up there, but it wasn’t easy trying balance on a moving vehicle and to snap pictures at the same time. So I guess I just have to wait for the final video to be processed.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

(Look at the teacher!)

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

(Trying to get a selfie but got photobombed by the producer)

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

(Second try, still another photobomb :P)

At length, we managed to get all the shots needed and I had a quick respite and joined Cart who was already sitting down at the grandstand, enjoying the view.

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

rinaz.net Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

It was an amazing, wonderful, fun day – and such a feast for the eyes. I had such beautiful memories here and I was quite sad that I had to leave this place. I’d love to come back again.

If you’re ever in Italy during the ‘Martedi Grasso’ period, I highly recommend you to visit Viareggio. It might not be as grand as the one in Venice, but I think it’s getting there!

Definitely I’ll be looking forward to watch Ole Ole Temasya when it comes out in a couple of months 🙂

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