The Carnival of Fano: the oldest and sweetest in Italy!

Fano (PU) February 1st/8th/15th

Manifesto del Carnevale di Fano 2015

Poster of the Carnevale of Fano 2015

Dear friends, every year on February any city in Italy is invaded with masks, confetti, colors and lights creating a very exciting atmosphere: it’s the Italian Carnival! This event has ancient roots, and today has become a folkloristic rite in which traditions and fun work together.

The Carnival of Fano and its magical and happy atmosphere!

The Carnival of Fano and its magical and happy atmosphere!

Discovermarche stopped in Fano, in the province of Pesaro-Urbino, to celebrate this incredible party! The Fano Carnival is so special and has an historical record: it is actually the oldest in Italy, with a tradition of over 600 years!

Some photos from the historical archive in Fano

Some photos from the historical archive in Fano

19601-150x150The first documented event dates back to 1347, on the occasion of peace between two rival families of the city. So, even today, the original features of this celebration are truly authentic and belong to the popular memory.0200d11f4e07ae19d08fd6d712944d15

For the inhabitants of Fano, their Carnival does not only happen during a limited time of the year: it is a real job that requires dedication and patience on 365 days.

Photo credit: Wilson Santinelli

Photo credit: Wilson Santinelli

Photo credit: Wilson Santinelli

Photo credit: Wilson Santinelli

Photo Credit: Wilson Santinelli

Photo Credit: Wilson Santinelli

The masters work with passion and devotion to the preparation of the large floats for the parade: their works can be considered real masterpieces!f365e6e94380d62403430d8f1bb75567According to tradition, on Sunday afternoon, these gigantic bloated caricatures parade one after another, up and down along the main Gramsci street.

And when the night comes...

And when the night comes…

The parade ends with a final round, the so-called “luminaria”. When the night comes the floats start lighting up and create spectacular tricks of light and colors.

...you can see the spectacular tricks of light and colors of the floats...

…you can see the spectacular tricks of light and colors of the floats…

...and everything becomes so magic!!!

…and everything becomes so magic!!!

Children are the real protagonists of this party, which is also famous for the ‘Jet’: a traditional throw of sweets (ancient symbol of good luck) that literally rains down from the masked floats while making its way down the streets of the old town.

The "Jet" of sweets from the top of the 'masked' floats

The “Jet” of sweets from the top of the ‘masked’ floats

People are ready to receive tons of candies and chocolates...literally  'falling down from the sky'!

People are ready to receive tons of candies and chocolates…literally ‘falling down from the sky’!

A real ‘storm’ (almost 200 tons!) of candies, chocolates and other delicacies, which soon become the booty of their greedy audience.

Colouful umbrellas and the so-called "prendi-getto" ready to catch the "sweet rain!"

Colouful umbrellas and the so-called “prendi-getto” ready to catch the “sweet rain!”

The burning of the ‘Pupo’ (also called ‘Vulon’) marks the end of the Carnival on the day of Mardi Gras.

The burning of the "Pupo" in the central square of Fano

The burning of the “Pupo” in the central square of Fano

The papier-mache puppet is burnt under the eyes of thousands of people and has a strong emotional impact on the audience. According to an ancient popular belief this practice was needed to take winter season away together with sins of the people.

All parades have a quite unusual background music. Cowbells, cans, jugs, bottles … they all become ‘instruments’ of a colourful band playing the so called ‘Musica Arabita’ (aka ‘angry music’), a tradition dating back to the early 9th century. The people of Fano amused themselves using these poor tools and inventing their own music to ape the aristocratic salons!

Cowbells, cans, jugs and bottles are the 'instruments' of the "Musica Arabita": the official background music of the Carnevale of Fano!

Cowbells, cans, jugs and bottles are the ‘instruments’ of the “Musica Arabita”: the official background music of the Carnevale of Fano!

Today the Carnival of Fano gathers together about 100,000 visitors and has become part of the popular culture. It is considered heritage of the city and is also the largest Carnival event in all Le Marche region.

Ever ancient and yet ever new, the Carnival of Fano never fails to surprise you! Find out more about it by visiting the official website: http://www.carnevaledifano.eu or download the App ‘Carnival of Fano’ (available on the Apple Store and Google Play).

And then…Just have fun guys!!!

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