Carneval Vecc

The town of Grosio celebrates Carnival on the first Sunday of Lent

WHERE Tirano e dintorni
WHEN 01/03/2020

 

This date is highly symbolic, because while everyone else has already started their Lenten sacrifices, Grosio enjoys one last moment of irreverent euphoria. 

THE MASKS OF THE CARNEVAL VECC

Ancient masks are the true protagonists of this Carnival that is definitely worth experiencing. The masks of Grosio’s own Carnival characters are worn by the same honoured few people each year in a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation. First in the line-up is the couple of Magra Quaresimaa skinny old lady in rags, and Carneval Vecc, a plump, ruddy-faced gentleman, in an allegory of the passage from the merrymaking of Carnival to the solemnity of Lent. Next come other popular characters such as the Bear and its Mistress; the old woman Bernarda carrying in a wicker basket on her back; a Suckling Child who sprays the crowd with wine from his baby bottle; and Toni the Buffoon, who is the Harlequin of Grosio. 

Naturally, the parade also features a host of satirical and fairy-tale floats, many of which narrate key events from Grosio’s past.

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