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Cento Carnevale d'Europa

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A grand celebration with carnival floats up to 15 metres high and hundreds of participants in colourful costumes

Historical center

Cento (FE)

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 at which you can 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. Also the colorful and warm group of Brazilian dancers and percussionists will parade, as part of the twinning with the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro and, together with musical groups, folk groups and people in costumes, they will entertain the public with a joyful and exciting party starting around 6.30pm.

On the stage there will be many genres of music from the cha cha cha to the twist, from liscio to samba to dance.

Every Sunday there will be many cultural events, shows and learning labs for children, historic reenactments and markets.

Date: the event will be held from Feb 10, 2019 to Mar 10, 2019 every Sunday

Event timetable: The float parade starts at 2pm; various events all day long.

Entrance: entry fee

Full fee: 15€

Reduced fee: 11€: Groups of 25 people (reservation required

Free entry: children up to 1.20m tall

Information and Booking Centre

Cento Carnival of Europe
Via Viviana Manservisi, 38 - 44042 Cento (FE) - Phone: ++39 051 904257 - Fax: ++39 051 6832230
Weekday timetable:

9.00 - 13.00; 15.00 - 19.00

Weekend timetable:

9.00 - 13.00
Informaturismo Cento
Piazza Guercino, 39 - Phone: ++39 051 6843334 - Fax: ++39 051 6843309
Weekday timetable:

Monday-Friday: 9.00 am - 12.30 pm

Weekend timetable:


By Ferrara editorial staff (Jan 26, 2019)

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