A Sleepy Village in Sicily Celebrates Carnevale

February 12, 2013

Well, happy Carnevale. While they’re whooping it up in Venice, with masked balls and banquets and elaborate costumes and masks, here in my sleepy village at the southernmost outpost of Italy, the only trace I’ve seen of carnival spirit today is the odd tiger, lion or skeleton.

Carnevale costume in southeast Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Kids at Carnevale in Southeast Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga
I had to run after this little tiger…

Costumed tiger in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

When I caught up to him, I asked where his tiger head was. “I forgot it at home,” he said, clutching his tail.

Carnival costume in southeast Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

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