The calendar of events
The protagonist: Violetta
The Carnival bean soup
The Orange Battle
The Sunday battle was divided into two rounds: the first one from around 2pm to 4pm, when the parade led by the miller’s daughter, the penny-whistlers and the drummers crossed the town. The streets of the battle were covered with protection nets to prevent the visitors from being hit. However, no matter where you were, already after the first thirty minutes, the intense scent of oranges pervaded the air and it felt like being immersed in a humongous pool filled up with orange juice. This overwhelming citrus wave stayed in our noses all the way back home.
With both our noses and eyes numbed by the strong orange scent and the orange color of the streets, alternating only to the sea of red Phrygian caps, we and some of the other visitors left Ivrea exhausted but happy of having experienced such a picturesque event!
Following the awarding ceremony, the miller’s daughter led the historical parade and the bonfires were lit up in each neighborhood, before the Carnival funeral started.
February is another amazing time to make it over to Piedmont and experience the local life with insider's eyes :D
This post is part of the Blog Piemonte group, enjoy the other post about Carnival in Piedmont on:
- Turin mamma: Lettuces, rags and Lies for Carnival
- Italianna: Carnevale in Piemonte means bugie
- The Entire Pizza; The treasonous past of the famous carnevale figure Gianduja
- Once upon a time in Italy: The oldest carnevale in Piemonte
- Living in the Langhe: No snow? Try Carnevale!
- Uncorkventional: At Carnival anything goes - especially wine!