Sciacca's carnival is famous for its flamboyance and fabulous party atmosphere. Held between the last Thursday before Lent and Shrove Tuesday, it features an amazing parade of huge papier-mâché figures mounted on floats. The festival opens with carnival king Peppe Nappa receiving the city's keys. The technicolor floats are then released into the streets with their bizarre cast of grotesque caricatures.
The figures are handmade each year using traditional methods and are modelled on political and social personalities. The floats wind through the streets of the old town, while masked revellers dance to locally composed music and satirical poetry is read aloud.