Here are the festivals and events that happen each March in Florence.
Early March - Carnevale, and beginning of Lent. While Carnevale is not as big in Florence as it is in Venice or nearby Viareggio, Florence puts on a fun parade for the occasion. The procession starts at Piazza Ognissanti and ends in Piazza Della Signoria, where there is a costume contest and madrigals concert. Learn more about upcoming dates for Carnevale and how Carnevale is celebrated in Italy.
Mid- to Late-March - Holy Week, Easter, and the Scoppio del Carro. As in the rest of Italy, Holy Week and Easter in Florence are commemorated with grand masses and other celebrations steeped in tradition. One of Florence's biggest festivals is the Scoppio del Carro, literally "Explosion of the Cart," an event that dates back to medieval times. The Scoppio del Carro takes place following mass on Easter Sunday in front of the Duomo. Read more about the Scoppio del Carro and other Easter Traditions in Italy.
March 17 - Saint Patrick's Day. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in Florence with an Irish festival, Irlanda in Festa. See Saint Patrick's Day in Italy for details.
Mid-March - Pitti Taste. - This 3-day food festival held showcases fine food and wine.
March 19 - Festa di San Giuseppe. The Feast Day of Saint Joseph (the father of Jesus) is also known as Father's Day in Italy. Traditions on this day include children giving gifts to their fathers and the consumption of zeppole (a fried dough delectable, similar to a doughnut).
March 25 - Florentine New Year, aka Feast of the Annunciation. The official arrival of spring is celebrated in Florence on the Feast of the Annunciation, which includes a parade from the Palazzo Vecchio to Piazza SS Annunziata. Revelers gather in Piazza SS Annunziata for food, drink, and music and it is custom to pay a visit to the church of Santissima Annunziata to see its richly decorated interior, which includes frescoes and mosaics of the Annunciation.
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