Rome Carnival between history and tradition

The festive spirit of Rome Carnival

The festive spirit of Rome Carnival

After attending and loving Venice Carnival, this year’s Mardi Gras I decided to follow the parade organized for the carnival in Rome, a city where I lived for almost ten years and where I ignored they even had such a ceremony for this festival.

Probably for its past papacy reign that ruled Rome for centuries the carnival remained hidden in the populace private spaces or barely permitted by the ruling clergy as diversion and quick distraction before repenting during Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras.

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The warrior

Rome Carnival puts on display what the eternal city is most proud of, its own history, and this year during the march that took place downtown from central Piazza del Popolo along Via Ripetta and Via del Corso, historic costumes dating back to different eras, social classes, traditions and professions paraded guarded by horse-riding military orders.

Needless to say, just like every other event in Rome, it was spectacular and extremely fascinating to reminisce the city’s thousand-year-old history through costumes, historical flags and ebullient drum rolls.

The noble lady

The noble lady

Below are more of my shots taken today at the beautiful Rome Carnival parade.

Having played a major role after the end of imperial Rome, the clergy couldn't miss the parade

Having played a major role after the end of imperial Rome, the clergy couldn’t miss the parade

Red glove from within the carriage, either aristocracy or clergy member

Red glove from within the carriage, either aristocracy or clergy member

The princess

The noble lady

The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar?

Looks like Cicero to me..

Looks like Cicero to me..

The peasants, angry then, angry now

The peasants, angry then, angry now

The couple

The couple

The Queen of Sweden carriage

The Queen of Sweden carriage

This year's Carnival was devoted to the Queen of Sweden Christine, I'm guessing this is she.

This year’s Carnival was devoted to the Queen Christina of Sweden, I’m guessing this is her waving at the crowd

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