During Carnival Val di Fassa stuffs itself with people, colours and yells. All the villages plunge into the Ladin Carnival, whose heart is in Penìa and Alba, few kilometres from Canazei. There, on the slopes of the thousand-year old glacier of Marmolada, "deslea carnascèr", which means to give free rein to Carnival. All this has been happening for centuries, every 17th January, for the recurrence of Patron Saint, Sant’Antonio Abate, the merriest time in the year. Two days after, on San Sebastiano’s day, the party really gets going in Penìa. From that moment, parades, masked parties, open-air plays and shows in theatres pass through Val di Fassa until Mardigras. But it is in those two little suburbs in the upper part of Val di Fassa that the most ancient rituals take place, thanks to "Gròp de la Mescrès de Delba e Penia" ("The group of the masks from Alba and Penia"), which recalls the habits of the Ladin tradition, as if the time had stopped. This association has been later flanked by the "Gròp de la Mescrès de Cianacei e Gries" (group from Canazei), that has widened and enriched the merriest parties, feasts and appointments. The Group of the masks from Soraga has joined the thing in these last years, interpreting the historical traditions of Carnival in Fassa in a more modern way, proposing masquerade balls and unusual masquerade competitions.
Fonte: Istituto Culturale Ladino