In Naples, How many cities and towns of Italy and the world, the Carnival was always celebrated in the streets and has a tradition linked to the people who, for this, fell into oblivion for a long time, overshadowed by the greater attention paid to parties of nobles (the hunts, the parties ...) and ecclesiastical ones. In homage to the popular world, Naples in Life has joined, last Sunday, the historic PROCESSION of SCAMPIA, reviving traditional characters who paraded along with the Creative Delirium, singing SERENADES under the houses in the neighborhood, usually considered a suburban, that every year, for the occasion, becomes the anti – Carnival Center button, screaming, singer, drinking and eating in the city.

We want to remember the masks that we decided to take one by one, not to forget our Queer family and give them, One more time, the voice.

Besides the traditional mask of PULCINELLA, played by Antonio, He has danced for us, sang and played the tambourine, all along the way, Opens the parade, more representative of all, the old Carnival. Double mask depicts an old wrinkled but breasts busty, that door on the back of Pulcinella. It is made live by one interpreter who must combine the old slow and heavy in the legs and, in the arms, the flicker pulcinella dancer that moves to the rhythm of castanets and continually slaps him and mocks her elderly. A scapegoat for all the ills suffered by the people and symbol of renewal by the very fact of representing the old mistreated by the new who says, is one of the most popular Neapolitan carnival masks.

Following Louis, our President who, devoted to its origins silane, He wanted to play the part of DON NICOLA, parody of Lawman; mask that especially during the eighteenth century, had strong connotations of Calabria, also representing the student bill calabrese, a bit arrogant and short-tempered, especially from the incomprehensible and hilarious dialect.

The ZEZA, built in the XVII century, It was a Carnival scene, Sung to the sound of the trombone, represented, during the Carnival in the courtyards, in the squares and in the streets. Zeza, betrothed to Don Nicola, meet the reluctance of Pulcinella, his father, to get married. Key grotesque representation of family life, the Zeza was banned several times during the 19th century, for the vulgar slang and obscenity that gave the place its representation.

The SABANG, played by Mario, refers to another important moment of the Neapolitan Carnival: the dance of the TURKS. To be staged, This time it is a fact of blood: the love for a woman played between Sultan her husband and a general Christian that she gave her a son. The scene ends with the death of the child between the dismay of those present and the tears of the mother, and the final festive with the return to life of the infant due to the intervention of the old Carnival Pulcinella with peacemaker and miracle ride.

Concludes our parade, Roberta with a mask dedicated to death ' and PULCINELLA, a scene linked more to the tradition of the real Carnival Guarattelle. The reference goes into detail to the story told by maestro Bruno lion that sees death in a fight to the death with Punch to the sound of laughter, beat and ganascioni, where Needless to say, is always Punch to get the better. Again this year, today, Mardi Gras, expect the death of Carnival. The procession accompanies him through the streets, toward its inexorable end. How much did you eat, drank, rice, joked, with his swollen belly, his cheeks were like roses, the mocking smile and maybe, now a little melancholy.
The bonfire is waiting for him to mark the end of this festive and pleasurable period and the beginning of lent, from which the meat is banned, the luxury and all vices, in the religious Jesus rise again and with it our hopes.
While we expect hopeful that the lasagna is ready in the oven, outrageously full of all good things ... the eggs, La ricotta, the smoked mozzarella meatballs, the meat sauce made with pig, Neapolitan recipe, take the opportunity to recall the importance of this holiday, whose Christian tradition is lost through the centuries.
A popular festival, the most popular of all, precisely because in this period, always, is allowed in the world to go backwards, Maybe, for a day, in the way that would be fairer.

Santosh Dahal
(ACT LAB storyteller – PROJECT FINANCED WITH FUNDS EIGHT PER THOUSAND OF THE WALDENSIAN CHURCH)