The Coumba Freida Historic Carnival
- Saturday 15 February 2020
- 22 February 2020 - 25 February 2020
9.00 am – visit to the families of the hamlets of Chaz Henry, Chez Courtil, Roven and Montjoux
Afternoon Children’s carnival at the multipurpose hall of the Capoluogo.
9.00 am – exit of the masked group and visit to the families of the villages of Excenex and Planet.
9.00 am – visit to the families of Variney, Arliod, Plan CHambavaz, Chez Roncoz and Savin.
9.00 am – Exit of the masked group and visit to the families of the Capoluogo, La Resaz, Cré, Maisonnettes, Meylan, Seyssinod, Jouannet and La Revoire.
9.00 am – Exit of the masked group visit to the families of the hamlets of Ossan, Saraillon, Signayes, Gran Signayes, Clou and La Faverge.
9.00 pm – dancing evening with I ragazzi del villaggio.
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.