Music & Tradition in Square: the Carnival
The Carnival of Sciacca
The Carnival is without doubt the craziest of all! Everyone love this Festival, kids and adults and Sciacca – famous town for its traditions – is considereded one of the most important town for this event, rich of colors and masks, where the happiness, joy, confetti and the typic Sicilian food, make the event an unique moment and memorable.
The Carnival – term derived from the Latin expression carnem levare, or “deprive the flesh” – dates back to the early ‘900 and is between the 06th of Genuary and the Easter. The festive atmosphere of Sciacca’s people is the main characteristic of this event, which differentiates it from all other, not only of Sicily. For this small town, it is in fact a moment of full and total involvement of the whole town, that is preparing to it with several months in advance.
The Festival begins on Shrove Tuesday with the symbolic handover of the town keys to the king of Carnival: Peppe ‘Nappa, character carnival adopted by Sciacca as a mask of its very ancient event.
Population, joy, masks, music, take possession of the town. The highlight of the event is the parade of allegorical Chariots that begins on Saturday and continues until Tuesday.