The Carnival of Tempio Pausania is a spectacular folkloristic event held in the north of Sardinia. Locally named the “Carrasciali Timpiesu”, it is the most symbolic carnival of the island and among the best Italian carnivals.
What to see at the Carnival
The event attracts tens of thousands annually. Spectators can gawk at evocative show-stopping parades which cross the historic center. Many floats represent themes of political and social satire alongside masks and traditional dances dating back to the eighteenth century. A long standing tradition is the crowning of the winning float at the end. This drives the Carnival to out-do itself every year and is a spectacle in itself.
The parade of allegorical floats of the Tempiese carnival is a recent tradition taking place since 1956. The main character is “Giorgio”, once called Jolgliu Puntogliu. Today “His Majesty King George” is the protagonist who represents power in all its forms.
Carnival Dates 2022
The carnival was postponed due to the prolongation of the pandemic emergency. However with the emergency almost behind us, the council recently decided that the 2022 edition of the “Carrasciali Timpiesu” will take place 7 , 8 , 12 and 14 May this year.
On Sunday 8 May, a staging of the expected marriage between King Giorgio and Mannena will take place. While on the night of Saturday 14 May, locals will re-enact the trial and the burning of King George.
The dates, methods of participation and availability for the descent of the Carruleddi and the children’s parade, currently hypothesized for 7 and 12 May, yet to be confirmed.
There will be guest floats and groups invited to join in the festivities. Thankfully, the covid emergency will expire 31 March, but any rules for the public and for the masked parade will be fixed only near the dates set for the event.
Carnival represents an important moment for the city, not only from a cultural and traditional point of view. It is also a spectacle for tourists to come and view a theatricle tradition on the beautiful island of Sardinia.
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