The Coumba Freida Historic Carnival
- 02 March 2019 - 05 March 2019
2nd of March
9.00 am presentation of the “Benda” and visit to the families of Excenex and Planet.
3rd of March
9.00 am visit to the families of Variney, Arliod, Plan Chambavaz, Chez Roncoz and Savin.
4th of March
9.00 am visit to the families of Capoluogo, La Resaz, Cré, Maisonnettes, Meylan, Sessinod and La Revoire
9.30 pm masked ball with Mimmo Mirabelli
5 th of March
9.00 am visit to the families of Ossan, Saraillon, Signayes, Gran Signayes, Clou and La Faverge
According to tradition, this carnival event was established in commemoration of the march through the Great St. Bernard Pass by Napoleon and his troops in May 1800, during his campaign in Italy. The carnival costumes then are traditionally an allegorical transformation of the uniforms originally worn by the French soldiers. A bear is also represented and symbolises the arrival of Spring; mule tails represent the winds and are used to banish baleful breezes; the mirrors on the costumes ward off evil spirits and the bright red colour, which symbolises vigour and strength, also has the power to dispel dark spirits, ill omens and misfortune. During the parade, the carnival characters enter the homes of local families; they dance along the streets and in the squares and eat and drink whatever they are given.