The carnival started in Viareggio in 1873 when some of the local people decided to put masks on and protest against the high taxes that they were being forced to pay. The use of the masks later became a tradition when the locals wanted to show their displeasure over something.
Now it's not about displeasure at all, only pleasure! The locals keep the tradition alive and the town's 2 kilometre stretch of beach promenade becomes the place of the procession with carriages and people dressed in costumes and masks. The festival is held every year in February and if you come here then, you will enjoy a lively atmosphere with live music, and good food and wine of course!