Also known as “Carnevale Ambrosiano”, the Carnival in Milan starts when the Italian Carnival ends. This means that instead of being celebrated in the so-called martedì grasso (Mardi gras) Carnival is celebrated 4 days later, on Saturday. 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.
Milano Carnival 2018
Please note that Milan’s Municipality cancelled the main Carnival parade in Piazza Duomo, due to security reasons.
Smaller parades and family-friendly events are to be held throughout the city (e.g. check the programme of the MUBA – kids museums).
Youngsters and adults alike can enjoy Milan Clown Festival 2018.
In 2018 the Carnival of Milan means district parties with clowns, jugglers, music and fun. Every year there’s an official theme and people and the carts should be dressed according to it. In 2018 the official theme is insects and bugs.
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.