Carnival in Viareggio

By Philippa Burne, UK, February 2012

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It’s not just Venice that celebrates Carnival in style. In the lovely seaside Tuscan town of Viareggio, Carnival is less about masked decadence and more about their world-famous parade of papier-mache floats. In 1873 this parade was born when the town officials decided to celebrate the coming of Lent in a new way, which quickly became a means of poking fun at the tax collectors who everyone disliked.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Tuscany Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Tuscany.

Photo courtesy of Angelo Romano via Flickr.

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