Bagolino, a small town in the Valle Sabbia, is famous for its Carnival. This event every year attracts thousands of spectators from all over Europe and in recent times has also aroused the interest of ethnographers. The origins of the Bagolino Carnival are very ancient: traditionally the Carnival in Bagolino is celebrated every Monday and Thursday that divide the Epiphany from the Carnival itself. During these days we do not attend the dances of the dancers but simply the parades of the masks, which are shown to the public without any precise rules. The most spectacular and exciting moment is the Monday and Tuesday before Lent and is represented by the dancers who, dressed in their typical costumes, dance under the houses of friends, relatives and those who lent gold to adorn the hats. The “balarì” (this is the name for the traditional Bagolino’s dancers) wear a dark jacket and trousers on the knee, adorned with embroidery, white socks handmade, white shirt, dark tie, a long silk shawl and embroidered velvet shoulder strap and a hat covered with a red ribbon, colored ribbons and jewelry.
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