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Ambrosian Carnival (Carnevale Ambrosiano) 2021

Feel the real spirit of Milan by participating in its largest festive event

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates.

Carnevale Ambrosiano di Milano or simply Milan Carnival is a very special occasion for locals. The festival follows the Ambrosian Rite and is usually celebrated one week after the world famous Venice Carnival (usually, mid-to-late February or early March).

The festivities culminate on Saturday. Unlike the rest of Italy, instead of "fat Tuesday", Milan has "fat Saturday". There is a legend that explains the timing of this particular Carnival. The bishop of Milan, Sant Ambrogio, was out of the city on a religious pilgrimage, which is why it was decided that the celebration of Carnevale Ambrosiano would wait until the patron was back.

The main place to discover Carnevale Milano is at Piazza Duomo and the surrounding areas. Milan Carnival offers plenty of amusement, parades with cute costumes, concerts, street performances, music, and dances. The main parade includes jugglers, clowns, and pantomimes and is always held on Saturday. Its route features Palestro, Piazza San Babila, Corso Europa, Piazza Fontana, and Piazza Beccaria.

Every year, the Carnival has its own unusual theme with plenty of interesting things to see and explore. While you're there, don't forget to try Italian chiacchiere—crispy strips of dough covered with honey or chocolate!

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