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The first of March 2019 will be the 489th Venerdì (Friday) gnocolar. Preparations have already begun.
The Carnival of Verona is one of the few urban carnivals that can truly boast an ancient origin and a traditional ritual. It appears already described in texts dating back to the ‘700.
The Carnival of Verona has expanded over time to every district of the city, each of which has its own mask, invented or inspired by a historical figure or a trade. The most important and oldest mask of the carnival of Verona is Papà del Gnoco. Its feast takes place on Shrove Friday and coincides with the largest event of the Carnival, the parade of floats through the city.
Papà del Gnoco is elected every year after a real election campaign that engages fans for a long time. The character is represented as an old bearded man and wears a unique white costume, on which are sewn scraps of red cloth. On the right he holds a fork into which a huge dumpling is stuck.
Papà del Gnoco presides over the large distribution of gnocchi to the population. The Carnival also includes other traditional figures such as Bacchus, a sort of burlesque counterpoint to the central figure of Papà del Gnoco, who probably gave his name to the entire ceremony.