Allegorical wagons from Acireale (CT)

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Photographer: phSicily


The Carnival of Acireale, defined The most beautiful Carnival of Sicily and the third of Italy, is one of the oldest of the island, and takes place every year in the city of Acireale in the province of Catania. Among its features there is the parade of allegorical floats and infiorati.

The allegorical-grotesque papier-mâché carriages are finely worked works, which give their show through thousands of light bulbs and lights, spectacular movements and scenographies in continuous evolution during the performances. They are the only wagons in the world to use similar systems of lights and mechanical and hydraulic movements.

The flowered carts have the characteristic, similar to that of several carnivals on the Côte d’Azur and Liguria, to show subjects created entirely with (real) flowers arranged side by side. They are also equipped with mechanical movements and lights.


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