CARNIVAL IN CENTO (FERRARA) 2018
FEBRUARY 4th, 11th - FEBRUARY 18th - FEBRUARY 25th
THE CARNIVAL OF CENTO - EUROPE'S CARNIVAL
Regarding the Carnival of Cento, there is evidence dating back to the 17th century in the frescoes of Gian Francesco Barbieri called the “Guercino”. The great festival retained the characteristics of a small local event until the 1990's when a big revolution began. Ivano Manservisi, patron of the event, taking up the reins of the Carnival, expanded it exponentially, bringing it to the highest level, nationally and internationally, partly thanks to its being twinned with the very famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro.
• The Floats
Masked floats of papier-mâché are built by carnival associations of Cento. Throughout the year they construct enormous papier-mâché floats, the “allegorical floats”. They compete amongst themselves to win the First Prize of Carnival.
• The Court
The carnival associations of Cento are made up of hundreds of people. Some on floats, even more walking amid the 17th century porticoes of the city. Then they go in procession as folkloristic groups and street artists who entertain the public in an exuberant atmosphere.
• The Distribution or Throwing of Gifts and Toys
According to tradition, many chocolates, candies, plush toys, balloons and other toys are thrown from the parade floats.
• The Unchained Ballerinas of Samba
The grand twinning with Carnival of Rio is most evident in the level of entertainment. Indeed, a group of ballerinas in the Cento's Carnival lines up in the manner of one of the schools of samba carioca.
• The Last "Burning"
At the end of the final day of Carnival, a propitiatory rite takes place: the burning of a giant puppet of Tasi in papier-mâché who, before dying, recites a "testament" in which he reveals the vices and virtues of some personalities of Cento.
• Fireworks Show
After announcing the winning float, the masked parades conclude with a magnificent and stunning fireworks show at Rocca di Cento.