While in Italy during Carnevale, you should try to attend at least one Carnival Parade. Of course, if you are in Tuscany, you should go to Viareggio (the most famous and beautiful floats in Italy are to be found there); and if you are in Venice… well, what could I tell you that you don’t already know on one of the world’s most famous Carnivals?
If you happen to be around here, in the province of Pesaro and Urbino, you should not miss the Carnival in Fano. However, if you are not fond of crowd (and if you take little children with you) I suggest you come to the less spectacular and yet more genuine Pesaro Carnival. That is where we went yesterday with our 8-year-old Costanza.
Just the name of the parade, ‘Carnevale dei Ragazzi’ (Children’s Carnival), makes you think of a naive and simple event. And, indeed, it is very naive. The floats have nothing to share with the splendour of other more famous Carnivals’ floats. They are made by the Parish churches with little money and… a lot of creativity (it takes a lot of creativity to make floats and costumes with little budget!).
The winner of the contest was the Parish Church of Villa San Martino with the float ‘Alla Ricerca di Dory’ (in English: ‘Finding Dory’ but in our vernacular the real title was ‘A cerchém ma la Dory’).
The ‘Carnevale dei Ragazzi’ is organized by the Municipality of Pesaro together with Pesaro Diocese; the names of the floats, often in local dialect, mirror a simple and genuine atmosphere. Other appreciated themes were:’ ‘The Chocolate Factory’, ‘Four Seasons’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Trolls’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’. As the themes are conceived to please the little ones, most of them draw inspiration from famous cartoons or children’s books.
This year the ‘Carnevale dei Ragazzi’ celebrated its 60th anniversary. Apparently over 10.000 Pesaresi gathered yesterday to celebrate it with Rabachèn (Pesaro Carnival typical Character) and his wife Cagnèra. Where Lemons Blossom was happy to be there 😉