Parties, parades and celebrations are held on the last day of the Carnival period.
Next Carnival in Milan is celebrated:
29 February 2020
Carnival in Milan
Il Carnevale di Milano is celebrated on the day before the beginning of Lent.
23- 29 February 2020
14 – 21 February 2021
27 Feb – 7 March 2022
19- 26 February 2023
Gli Sbandieratori – flag corps marching in Milan Carnival Parade / Wikimedia
Parades & Events
In various locations throughout the city, there are events and activities for all, including families and children. Piazza Duomo and the surrounding areas are the main locations for festivities. Street performers, clowns parades and concerts all day and evening long.
The main Milano parade with costumes, jugglers, pantomimes and floats will start from I Giardini Publici, Palestro, Piazza San Babila, Corso Europa, Piazza Fontana ending in Piazza Cesare Beccaria (near Piazza Duomo)
Clubs, Parties & Dinners in Masquerade
Happy Hour Drinks and Party
Free entrance, must have a reservation
Bobino Club Navigli Milano – Alzaia Naviglio Grande 116, Milano
Reservations: +393282345620 (message or Whatsapp) or reservations online Bobino
Dinner, Happy Hour Drinks, and Party
entrance from 10€, must have a reservation
Byblos Milano – Via Messina, 38, Milano
Reservations: +393282345620 (message or Whatsapp) reservations online Byblos
Just Cavalli Milano
Happy Hour Drinks and Party
Entrance from 15€, must have a reservation
Just Cavalli Milano – Via Luigi Camoens, Milano
Starts: 8 PM
Reservations: +393282345620 (message or Whatsapp) or reservations online Just
Where to stay
All the action is at Piazza Duomo but other areas like Brera and Castello are within walking distance.
Traditional masks and costumes
Traditional costumes at the Milan carnival Parade / Wikimedia
Menghino and his wife La Cecca, characters invented by burlesque comedy play-write Carlo Maria Maggi. Meneghino was the term used for sixteenth-century Milanese butlers who accompanied noblemen and women in their carriages. They became symbols of the honest, hard-working, joyful Milanese.
Meneghino (pronounced men-eh-GHEE-no)
What is Carnival?
It’s the last day of celebrations before the forty-day period of Lent (a period of penitence and fasting) before Easter. Carne means meat, vale means farewell, goodbye in Latin, hence Carnevale means farewell to meat before 40 days of Lent. Carnevale was the last day to eat meat and other rich delicacies before abstaining for Lent. Wearing masks and costumes was a way to hide one’s identity, social class, and inhibitions on this day of frolicking festivities.
What to eat
Chiacchiere – a light pastry fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. You can find them in any and every bakery or pastry shop at Carnival time.