July 16, 2024

Athens News

News in English from Greece

Ah, carnival, carnival…

Carnival season has started in Italy. And finally, on the same scale, which everyone missed so much during the pandemic!

The theme of the famous Venetian carnival this year is the influence of astrology on personality and extravagant interpretation of the signs of the zodiac. The organizers ask you to approach the choice of costumes creatively, with imagination and humor. This season’s carnival program includes magnificent performances – musical performances in St. Mark’s Square and the shipyards of the Arsenal, intoxicating balls in luxurious palace halls, boat parades. And of course, noisy fun on the streets of the city of doges and gondoliers.

Most carnival events are free, tickets are purchased for evenings at the palazzo. It will be noisy and fun until February 21 – this is how long the carnival will last in Venice and other cities of the lagoon.

Another luxurious carnival gathered guests in Viareggio, in the Tuscany region. This event is only 150 years old, so it is “younger” than the Venetian one. Its distinguishing feature and symbol is the procession of giant papier-mâché figures of celebrities. It’s not just fun here – the local carnival is impossible to imagine without political satire and ridicule of current problems.

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