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February 15, 2012


Carnevale is a long awaited appointment for all lovers of fun, exuberance and noise!

The parade will take place on Saturday 18 at 2:30 pm, leaving from Piazza Duomo and walking to Cittadella. Don't forget to buy a bag of 'coriandoli' and a few rolls of 'stelle filanti' for the kids. And of course a beautiful and colourful costume!

The city also organizes activities for kids:
- at Laboratorio Famiglie Al Portico on Sunday 19 for kids under 3 and on Tuesday 21 for kids aged 3 and more,
- at Laboratorio Famiglie in Oltretorrente on Friday 17.

These activities are free of charge and booking is not necessary.

Some activities are also proposed for the first time at Ghiaia market.

In the province, Busseto and Borgo Val di Taro are famous for their Carnevale.

If you're looking for a crazy parade, go to Imola (province of Bologna) for the Carnevale dei fantaveicoli to take place on Feb. 19.

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