Born in 1873 as a folk event, Viareggio Carnival at present can be considered as a dynamic and lively show, which attracts to itself the attention of big Italian and international medias, besides a large audience composed of people of every age and social level. Surely one of the most important carnival events in Europe, with hundreds of thousand visitors coming from all around the world.
In the 2008 carnival edition, the stars of these spectacular shows will once again be the huge paper maché floats and puppets, which will parade along the famous “viali a mare”, down the sea promenades, offering a wide programme of entertainment and fun for children and adults.
The huge floats will parade on January 20th, 27Th, and February 3rd, 5th, 10th (2008, see dates and timing beloe).
These floats will include nine 1st category floats – the biggest ones (20 meters high, 14 meters wide) weighing about 40 tons each – two smaller 2nd category floats and two masquerades, plus an experimental float, as well as smaller floats from the town district festivals.
Every masquerade will be composed of 8 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.
Ticket prices 2008:€ 15,00 (general admission)
Groups (min.25.people) € 13,00
Children € 10,00
Numbered seats € 15,00
Children up to 10 years old do not need ticket
Dates and timing:
20th, January (sunday) – h. 15.00
27th, January (sunday) – h. 15.00
3rd, February (sunday) – h. 15.00
5th, February (tuesday) – h. 14.45
10th, February (sunday) – h. 16.30