One of the best known in Italy, the Carnival in Viareggio has its origins at the end of the 19th century.
The parades draw thousands of visitors of all ages, who come to see both the spectacular floats and parade as well as participate in the festive air that can be breathed in the town on the days of the masquerade processions.
The Carnival in Viareggio is not just for adults, children are more than welcome and have loads of fun together with their parents. The whole procession takes place during daylight hours, in great celebration with everyone in costumes one way or another and lots of music. The festive spirit draws everyone to join in and dance around as well.
I would personally add the Carnival to the list of “things to do at least once in a lifetime”, but I’d also bet that anyone who has the chance to visit and participate will come back more than just once.