Martedì Grasso is in less than five days, announcing the arrival of more leaner times– but there are still four days of carnival season in Rome. This Saturday March 5 through Tuesday Tuesday March 8, Rome shows off its carnival best with Carnevale Romano with festivities, parades, and musical and theatre performances with the backdrop of Rome’s beautiful piazzas such as Piazza del Popolo, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Venezia and Piazza Navona. Events begin at 10 am and go through early evening. Performances include traditional and historic street performers, Russian folk musicians and dancers, Latin American dancers, the Commedia dell’Arte, equestrian events and reenactments like Charlemagne’s 9th century arrival in Rome.
The grand finale begins in Piazza del Popolo on Tuesday March 8 with performance and fireworks display after 7pm. Follow the coriandoli– the colorful confetti covering the cobblestones– which young children throw around in celebration of carnival.