Clowns invade Milan for carnival week

14-17 Feb. 13th Milan Clown Festival.

Carnival week in Milan will see 80 artists from nine nations mount 142 free street events in 21 locations around the city for the 13th Milan Clown Festival.

Clowns await children old and young for indoor and outdoor entertainment in Piazza Duomo, Piazza Minniti, Frida bar, the Pirellone skyscraper, the Sala Fontana and Sassetti theatres, the Casa della Carità and many more.

Among the surprises of the festival, the PIC group – Pronto Intervento Clown – is ready to “resolve every impossible situation, where even vigilantes, police and army can’t help.”

The detailed programmes for each day will help you choose the events you – and your children – don’t want to miss.

Three prize competitions will choose the favourite acts: the public’s choice, the expert jury’s choice, and the all-important children’s’ choice.  Parents can sign up their children to join the jury on the “Premi e pubblico” page of the event website.

While in most of Italy carnival finished on 13 February, churches in the Archdiocese of Milan observe the Ambrosian rite, with carnival lasting four more days than elsewhere. While tradition tells us the difference is due to St Ambrose asking his parishioners to wait for his return from a pilgrimage, a more formal reason is the difference in counting the number of days of Lent, according to whether Sundays are considered a day of fasting or not.