Posted by: Debra Kolkka | March 2, 2012

Faces at the Carnevale in Viareggio 2012

I went to see the Carnevale in Viareggio on Sunday. Just like last year it was a mad affair with people dressed up, music, dancing in the streets and the most amazing floats. I will show you some of those in a while. I had a great time finding faces. Some are parts of floats, some participants in the parade, some are there to watch.




Italy’s obsession with bottoms and breasts continues.















A very famous face from a different angle.























The last one is me covered in confetti. Last year it was foam. I prefer confetti.

Take a look in the Carnevale in Viareggio category for a look at the amazing floats from last year.


  1. Love it, they are so creative.

    • The parade of floats is amazing.

  2. So much creativity there. I especially love the close up shots of real faces made up. Fabulous photos as always Debra!

    • People go to a lot of trouble to dress up. It is not easy to get photos as the place is incredibly crowded and people are moving. I saw lots that I would have liked to photograph that I missed.

      • You did very well. And there’s always next year!

      • I will definitely be back.

  3. Unbelievable. Emphasis on T & A this year it seems…and then that beautiful sweet geisha-like face surrounded by white…so very beautiful. Thank you so much. You look lovely as always…

    • T & A are always popular here.

  4. Beautiful photos, Debra and they accurately show the people’s art and creativity. They have enjoyed these traditions since Roman times, when the festivals were called Saturnalia, or Baccanalia. Carnevale, or farewell to meat, which was banned in the past during the forty days preceding Easter (or Lenten period), was the last chance to have fun and even “debaucherie” prior to this very austere season in the calendar. The Church did not like it and had to “tolerate” it, hence all the references to religion. Viareggio’s Carnevale is worth a visit. I’m glad that you had such a great time.

    • There is certainly lots of criticism of politics and religion here.

  5. looks like it was fun!!!! thanks for sharing all those photos…that is a lot of work to upload all of those!

    • It is a lot of fun. You will have to go one year.

  6. WOW! At the end I have met with your face dear Debra, you are so nice. And these photographs are all so funny, made me laugh. But there is one of them, that is amazing, the man with orange hair, how absurd… Thank you dear Debra, how nice to have an image with your lovely face now, have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

    • The costumes that people wear are great. You have a fun weekend too.

  7. The Italians know how to use farce to a fine art – such cheeky, provocative and humorous pictures! You’ve captured the good, the bad and the ugly in all forms. Your photographs bring out the spirit of Carnevale. Love the gay atmosphere! The Geisha Girl is gorgeous and that Vulture looks rather ominous.

    • The place is a madhouse with people and floats all over the place.

  8. Deb, this is brilliant, my friend! So, so well done. What a collection. I especially love that you included one of yourself at the end!

    • I don’t include myself very often.

  9. Loved the photos…looks like wonderful fun. You look great covered in confetti…much nice than foam I know.

    • The foam last year got into my eyes, hair, yuk!

  10. Wow, such brilliant characters! Looked like a brilliant time, plenty of t & a! 😉

    • Always t & a in Italy.

  11. What an entertaining collection. I am especially loving the two *cardinals*.

    • I though they were wonderful too.

  12. Oh how wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!! May I ask what type of camera was used?
    Just magnificent clarity!

    • It is a Canon G12. I love it.

      • Oh I’m SO excited! Thank you so much. As I said the pictures were just perfect!

  13. Aweee! So many different, colorful faces!

    That’s oughtta be a hectic event to take pictures of those many creative costumes to capture.

    • I have lots more photos. I will do more on the floats later.

  14. What fun. A fabulous collection of faces. I especially like the closeup of the Joker. That must have been fun to take!

    • That was a lucky shot. He walked right past me and looked at the camera.

  15. Such wonderful caricatures — Sarcozy, the Pope, Obama, Berlusconi — so much like Carnaval, Halloween, Mardi Gras, and maybe a bit of New Years Eve. I wish Americans could be as adventurous, silly, creative, and fun loving at holidays.

    • The sarcasm and criticism is very strident.

  16. Where was Putin?

    • I didn’t see him anywhere.

  17. These pictures are so full of fun and creativity; wish I had been there. Thanks for sharing!

    • You will have to visit Viareggio one year for Carnevale. It’s great fun.

  18. Great faces. Obama as a cardinal? Why not? All very much fun and puts me in mind of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico. Enjoy the spring.

    • There were several other cardinals as well.I will show more of this float and others soon.

  19. Beautiful. A photographer’s dream!

    • There is certainly no shortage of subjects.

  20. Wow, has it really been a year since the last one? Nice to see your beautiful smile again, Deb! 🙂

    • The years fly by much too quickly, I prefer not to think about it.

  21. Really? A whole year?!
    Love this collection of photos Debra. It would have been lots of fun to be there.

    • Carnevale is a lot of fun. This year was my third one.

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  23. What a fantastic display of character and creativity! The artwork is absolutely amazing. By simply looking at the photos, one can even feel the energy of the Carnevale. I love the collection, it is really stunning.

    • I have taken photos at Carnevale for the last 2 years. There are lots of photos on the blog, look in the category…..Carnevale in Viareggio.

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