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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Viareggio Carnival 

Second only to the famous Venice Carnival, the magic of the Viareggio Carnival in Tuscany, attracts more than a million spectators every year. Visitors come from around the world to marvel at the great parades, where giant floats featuring extraordinary sculptures in papier-maché, some of which weigh 40 tons, depict popular celebrities and public figures.

The parades take place in a 2 km circuit around the seaside avenues of Viareggio and includes masked folk musicians and performers. There are five parades, taking place throughout the month of February, during which time there is also a big entertainment programme. One of Italy's favourite sporting events takes place as part of the Viareggio Carnival entertainment programme, a youth football tournament known as the Torneo di Viareggio (Coppa Carnevale).

Here is a wonderful video from roleck0666 which captures the spirit and fun of Carnevale di Viareggio.

This year, the Activity Holidays Guide is delighted to be offering the opportunity to sail the warm waters of the Tuscan coastline on-board your own private luxury yacht. Go to our Sail In Italy page for more information or to make a booking inquiry.

Parades for Viareggio Carnival 2010 take place 31 January, 7,14,16 and 21 February 2010.

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As you are talking about carnival, what about the oldest carnival of Tuscany? Yep, I am talking about Foiano. Could be a different suggestion.I wrote about it on my blog:

By Blogger Barbara Bueno, at 8/2/10 17:06  

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