Traditionally, Carnival in Milan starts when the Italian Carnival ends and it is also known as “Carnevale Ambrosiano”. It is a unique tradition in Italy, which origins – according to a legend – to the time when the city’s saint patron Sant’Ambrogio was not in town, as he was gone on a religious pilgrimage. That is why the Carnival was postponed, in order to wait for his presence.
Usually in Milan there is a day parade, and a night party in Piazza Duomo.
Today the Carnival of Milan is a street parade with clowns, jugglers, music and fun. The final parade is usually on Saturday from the morning until early afternoon and takes the following route: Palestro, Piazza San Babila, Corso Europa, Piazza Fontana and Piazza Beccaria. Every year there’s an official theme and the cart must be dressed according to it. Traditional Milanese masks Meneghino, a jolly servant who likes kidding rich people, and his smiling wife Cecca (in the main picture: with the mayor) lead the parade with the city band.
Carnival is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to the city to taste traditional food, like sweet chiacchiere, available in the city’s pastry shops, in Italian pasticcerie.