The origin of the word is ‘carmen levare’, (remove the meat), in fact, no meat is allowed during the 40 days of Lent.
Italy is the birthplace of carnival celebrations and the feast is popular and celebrated all over Italy.
It begins on Fat Thursday and end on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ashes Wednesday. The carnival dates vary according to Easter time. In 2018 it will start on February 8th and end on Tuesday 13th.
In the past, from the 15th till the 19th centuries Rome had an incredible carnival tradition attracting foreign visitors, unfortunately the great happenings ended in 1874.
Nevertheless, we celebrate carnival time: there are lot of costume parties, parades and happening organized in Rome.
It s time for masks, sweets and having fun, and we love the change to dress up in beautiful masks and costumes. All kids dress up and parade all over the city. Primary schools organize carnival parades in the neighborhood with all kids dressed up .Confetti are everywhere. We all eat the carnival sweets at home.
The municipality traditionally organizes concerts, a horse parade, games and fireworks on Saturday in piazza del Popolo. The whole area of Campo Marzio, from spenish steps to Navona square celebrates with.
At 8.00pm fireworks can be seen from the Pincio Terrace and People square.