You can stand in any part of the street because the floats rotate around a circle so you will see all of the displays. To get into the carnevale section you have to pay €15 and there is no way around it. The police completely barricade the streets so that you can't see anything unless you buy the ticket. It's totally worth it though if you make the trip all the way here, you have to go!
The entire city closes down and everyone takes part of the celebrations. It is very family oriented, people dress up in costumes even if they aren't part of a display and overall it is just a fun time. I believe that at the end of the Carnevale season ( which is about 3 weeks) they announce a winner of the floats. This year the "Il Ragno di Avanzini" won the title.
Here are some other pics of the floats…
|The canyon shot out pieces of paper|
|The back of John Lennon: "Revolution"|
|Front of Death|
|Back of Death|
|Masks of Venice|
|Voodoo Doll Back|
|Attack of the Giant Insect|
|Social Media; Internet|
|Poseidon; King of the Ocean|
We got there a little early so we had a few hours to walk around and see the city. In the center there is a few streets lined with tents selling cheap clothes and shoes.
Throughout the town there were some carts selling pork sandwiches. Which seems normal, but the problem is that the entire pork is sitting on the counter, head and all… Yummy!
Also along the canal, since it is a beach town, there are small trucks/boats selling fresh seafood like fried fish and shrimp. Unfortunately, I didn't get to try any because I brought a sandwich from home but boy did it smell good! We found a relaxing park to eat our lunch walking left from the station. It was filled with picnic tables, trees and grass! Something we do not see very often in Florence!
When we arrived in Viareggio, we stopped for breakfast at an adorable caffe walking on, Via Vittorio Veneto, the street straight out of the station. I had an amazing cappuccino with a Sfogliatelle di Miele! My favorite!
A great day in Viareggio, with great company! So next time you happen to be in Italy around February- March, I recommend giving it a try and experience what it is like to be apart of an Italian Carnevale.
Here's the website: http://viareggio.ilcarnevale.com