Billed as “il piú bel Carnevale di Sicilia”, (the most exciting and fun in all of Sicily), this is purely and unabashedly a family affair. Everyone participates… from the little ones in their adorable costumes to high school kids, as well as parent-aged kids and grandparent-aged kids. An overall sensation of fun and excitement permeates the air.
Silly string and confetti are thrown with abandon, oversized jester hats in big bold colors abound. Music and laughter fill the air as elaborate floats with enormous, animated, allegorical, high-gloss papier-maché figures, glistening by day and lit dramatically by night, roll by, dominating the skyline, a sharp contrast against the 17th century baroque architecture.
An easy day trip from Catania, the Sicilian coast around Acireale is called “Riviera dei Ciclopi” in honor of the myth of the star-crossed lovers Aci and Galatea and of the jealous one-eyed giant Polifemo. Carnevale here is yet one more reason for a visit.