The Carnival of Foiano has a history that dates back almost 500 years. There are four “cantieri” or groups named “Azzurri,” “Bombolo,” Nottambuli,” and “Rustici.” These groups challenge one another artistically and creatively in a well-choreographed showcase of gigantic, colorful, allegorical papier-mache floats that are paraded through the streets of the city. Everything is done under the watchful eye of King Giocondo, the patron of Carnival. He is also depicted as a puppet who, at the end of the festivities, goes up in flames.
Emotions run high in the summer as well with the second round of Carnival parades. Everyone bids a final farewell to the floats before they are completely destroyed and then made ready to start all over again for the next year and another round of the amazing Carnival.