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History of the Lugagnano's Mask
Many, many centuries ago a caravan of gypsies had to pass in the flat Lucunianus (Lugagnano). Ceased its activities in order to enable some of their women to give birth, s'integrarono peacefully with the locals, scattered in the area, thus forming a town.
This, in brief, is the legend that was handed down from generation to generation and which gave the inspiration for creating the mask of our carnival, "the Tzigano".
With the appointment of the curate Eros Zardini in 1976, fellow countryman very dynamic young priest, assisted by two friends are part of the then Committee Playground, in 1979 you get to formalize the first carnival parade in Lugagnano, managing to involve all the districts of country to participate with their float.
In 1980, among a thousand misfortunes always those two friends, who are Luigi and Francesco Castioni Gaspararto, were able to insist obstinately in the search for historical facts and legends of the place, consulting libraries, parishes, etc.. and without taking anything away from those others who have labored to find a figure for the mask Lugagnano, these two characters to be recognized, however, a particular merit: that of having invented "The Tzigano".
Actually, in all the consultations revealed little town, yet with the help of the old town which had been handed down from their grandparents or great grandparents who "is the Gypsies country of Lugagnano" is befalleth that the legend of the Gypsies who stopped in this area was very suitable in order to give a name and a face mask.
Enhances even more the legend that in 1956 hundreds of gypsies stopped for about fifteen days Lugagnano to celebrate the marriage of the daughter of the "Queen of the Gypsies of Europe."
In the province of Verona the carnival spirit is extremely old, just think that the carnival parade in the town date back as early as 1530.
In Lugagnano, a village 10 km from Verona, the simple tradition of celebrating carnival in the course of centuries with masquerades and jokes, has always been respected so that in 1900 with the widening of the village, house after house, a village which was built having regard to the carelessness of its inhabitants, with songs, skits and jokes, conveyed so much joy, she was given the name "Carnival Village".
Since 1982, the Carnival Committee is active and always beneficial from this date began the investiture of the first Tzigano Lugagnano, that each year must be elected by the villagers.
Today's carnival Lugagnano, with his mask, is considered one of the best and most popular of the Province.
The presence of floats and masks, from the province of Verona, from other Italian provinces and other groups from abroad are increasingly numerous.
Recall that the spirit which animates the members of this Committee is to donate their proceeds for activities that benefit children, elderly and sick.
--> 1981/1982 Mask Origin
--> 1° Tzigano of Lugagnano February 1982