Are you ready to experience the best Carnival you have ever had? If your answer is affirmative then you really should not miss the Great Carnival in Maiori, one of the most awaited events on the Amalfi Coast since the Seventies. Thousands of masks, floats, dancing groups and a rain of confetti are going to fill the streets of the small village along with live music, traditional games and various entertainment.
The first edition dates back to 1971 when the parade was called Gran Carnevale Maiorese and focused on life in the ancient Roman Empire: a huge banquet was set with more than fifteen figures in tunic and sandals. The scene was very funny and made even more realistic by the fact that people were feasting with real fruit, bread, roast chicken and wine.
The most charming aspect of this Great Carnival has always been given by the presence of the famous floats, whose artists have hardly work on in the previous months, with their bright coloured giant characters and lights/sound effects, each one representing a particular social, political or fantastic theme. Floats are a very ancient form of art that young people have inherited from the old artisans and builders, a tradition nowadays famous all over the world.
What makes these floats so charming?
They are by all effects a stage representation, a real theatrical scene with choreographies enriched by music, singers and actors.
As happened in the past, the great parade of both floats and dancing groups is set to move from Vecite (the town where the floats are realised) and reach the ancient Norman Tower. From there, passing through the seafront, it will arrive to the astonishing scenery of the touristic port of Maiori in joy and jubilation.
Recognized by the Mibac as a promoter of culture and intangible heritage, the next Great Carnival will be the 46° starting from the 23rd February to the 10th March 2019. This year theme will be “Civilization and Historical Periods” and is going to be the right occasion to celebrate the European year of the so-called slow tourism.