Fortunately I arrived in Italy in time to revisit the dazzling Carnevale in Viareggio.
As usual politicians come in for some ruthless comment. On the first float I saw poor Angela Merkel dressed as a showgirl. Occasionally she would give birth to a little naked man, (I think it is Renzi) while being led by an army of sperm…poor Angela.
World leaders warming their hands on a burning globe was a standout float. I was most impressed by Putin’s blue eyes and lips and Obama’s blue eyelids, shown off when he blinked.
Renzi looks cheerful…
Politicians and the Pope always make an appearance.
A 2 sided theatre showed a happy, colourful side and a dark, sinister side.
Pinocchio gets some dark treatment.
Some themes are a bit obscure. Maybe I need to know more about current affairs in Italy.
Burmalacco made an appearance.
Dinosaurs are always popular.
A city changes from from black and white to full colour.
A cake opened up to reveal a lively centre.
…a complicated one.
…a clever clown.
There was a very impressive elephant.
This is a wonderful event. It seems chaotic. People wander in and out and all around the floats while they are trundling down the street. There is loud music, confetti, children, dogs…all together having fun.
Some of our very carefully choreographed events in Australia could learn some lessons here.
Take a look at Bella Bagni di Lucca for some Carnevale faces.