Carnival in Sicily

Teams of townspeople spend months planning and creating fantastic floats to showcase during Carnevale in Acireale. This animated Zeus from 2017 was a awe-inspiring work of art, especially at night, when the papier mâchè character was lit, as pictured, and he threatened to throw his flashing thunderbolts. During the days and evenings of Carnevale, the…

The Most Beautiful Carnevale in Sicily

As we approach Ash Wednesday next week, throughout Sicily revelers are celebrating Carnevale. Acireale, where I was for last year’s party, is the place to be! Over the next few days, tens of thousands of people will process through the town’s streets wearing costumes while throwing confetti, eating Sicilian-style almond nougat and other sweets, making…

Step Outside of Yourself

Happy Halloween! Pictured is one of the eye catching floats from the 2017 Carnevale in Acireale, Sicily. Although Halloween, as we Americans celebrate it, is gaining some popularity in Sicily, Carnevale (the days leading up to Lent) is the time when they dress in costumes and create mischief. No matter when you put on a…

Appreciate The Bounty

My fellow travelers from February’s You, Me, and Sicily Carnevale trip in February will appreciate this. Three days ago, I found another piece of confetti (one piece, left, in August … The lot on the street in Acireale, right, in February) … I don’t even know where it came from! Thinking about the cycles of…

Let Go at Carnevale in Acireale

What fun to dance in the conga line in the Piazza del Duomo of Acireale, Sicily with new friends! That is what Carnevale is all about, letting lose, forgetting the winter blues, and finding joy in the moment. Here I am with some revelers! For Tuesday (Martedì Grasso/Mardi Gras), I’m getting a masque!

Get Your Costume Ready 

On first glance you’re probably thinking that this photo should be for Halloween, but the fun and games displayed by the Chiofalo family in Sicily are for Carnevale! Yes, it’s this time of year that the costumes come out and tricks and treats are practiced and enjoyed. Get ready for Carnevale – – Sicilian-style, because…