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Carnival and Valentine's events in Rome
From the Lupercalia to Valentine"s Day and the Carnival
Valentine"s Day, as we know it today, protector of lovers, was established in 496 AD. by Pope Gelasius I to supplant the ancient pagan cult of the Lupercali .
In fact, since Romulus and Remus" times, in Rome, Lupercalia , pagan rituals dedicated to the god of fertility Faun (also called Lupercus ), were celebrated on February 15 which we purified ourselves in order to welcome the imminent spring bringing abundant fruit.
During these ceremonies, in particular, matrons and young brides offered themselves on the street to the lashes of the priests (called Luperci ) convinced that the scourging would bring happiness to their marriage or to their unborn child.
Considering that, in the calendar of Romulus, March was the first month of the calendar year, the Lupercali were considered end-of-year parties and the joyful and unbridled character of its rituals can be said to be Carnival.



The Roman Carnival
Born in the Middle Ages, the Roman Carnival, however, has its greatest explosion after the election of Pope Paul II, who, after the transfer of the papal residence to Palazzo Venezia, concentrates in the historical center and in particular in the Via Lata (current Via del Corso), most of the carnival festivities.
The art commedy, the masked parades, the Agonali Games, the allegorical wagons, tournaments and rides, the highly anticipated races of the Berber horses and the feast of moccoletti they involved the whole population, attracting travelers and curious from half the world.

With the advent of the Savoy in Rome in 1870, the sunset of the Carnival begins, mainly because of the many accidents that occurred during the games and that reaped different victims among the public present.

The places of the Carnival in Rome were above all Piazza Navona, where ludic representations and fireworks were organized, Piazza del Popolo, place of departure of the most important event of the Carnival, the race of the Berbers, Via del Corso, along which the race that ended in Piazza Venezia took place.

Typical characters of the Roman Carnival are Rugantino , an arrogant rascal of Trastevere with old trousers and neckerchief, Cassandrino , a noble authentic, Meo Patacca , a boy of the people, and the benefactor Don Pasquale.


MARCONI CARNIVAL PARADE Thursday 20 February, Parrocchia S. Aquila e Priscilla, via Pietro Blaserna, 105
The program includes: music, animation, floats, masked groups, cotton candy, popcorn, baby dance and much more, but above all there will be the thousands of people who last year decided to join the floats.
Hours : 16:30
Free



CARNIVAL AT BIOPARCO Sunday 11th February 2020, Bioparco di Roma , Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 20
From 11.00 to 16.00 ..
The Carnival of the Animals , the fun show in which children and adults will be personally involved in comic situations in which the protagonists of the show are the animals of the Bioparco
Face painting for everyone to transform into their favorite animal or character
then, every hour from 11.00 am, the clothes of the animals will start an animated tour in stages to discover the "disguises" of the animals
and from 1 to 13 February all masked children up to 12 years old will be entitled to free admission (excluding school admissions)



CARNIVAL VILLAGE Friday 28 February, MAXXI, Via Guido Reni, 4 A
The program includes: mascots (Elsa, Anna, Hulk, Iron Man ...), professional make-up artists, magic show, a delicious snack and animation. Everything is designed to catapult children into a fantastic world designed with great skill to amaze the most small.
Hours : from 16:30 to 20:00
Prices : 15 €


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