The European Carnival of Cento parades in the suggestive historical centre of the city of Cento, where the splendid creatures of papier-mâché display their masks and costumes in the truly unique setting of piazza Guercino. From May 15 to June 11, this event is back with 5 not to be missed events at the "Carnevale di Cento", the most famous in the whole province of Ferrara!
We know that Cento's Carnival dates back at least to the 1600s thanks to some frescoes by the town's famous painter Gian Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino. For centuries, the party remained a characteristic local celebration. Then, at the end of the 1980s, when twinned with the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, it became an internationally important date.
A grand celebration in which to admire the stars of show business, the competition between the groups that, all year round, work to produce the celebrated allegorical, papier-mâché figures atop the carnival floats that are up to 15 metres high. Floats accompanied by more than 200 figures in colourful costumes parading through the town's seventeenth-century streets and porticoes drawing the public in to the cheerful, festive mood.
New in the 2022 edition is the nighttime parade, scheduled for the closing day, Saturday, June 11.