San Giovanni in Persiceto hosts one of the oldest and most famous Carnivals of the Bolognese area, now in its 143rd edition. During the historical Carnival of San Giovanni you can experience a unique show: The Spillo ("al spéll" in Bolognese dialect), otherwise known as Transformation. Secret ingenious mechanisms bring allegorical parade floats to life: their features and colours suddenly transform to reveal their hidden, satiric message.
This is the magic of Carnival: unexpected surprises emerge from the floats like rabbits out of a magician's top hat, surrounded by music and bursts of coloured smoke.
The comical stock character of this Carnival is King Bertoldo, a rough, sharp-witted countryman who exemplifies the vitality and distinctiveness of local folk. King Bertoldo was created by the Bolognese writer Giulio Cesare Croce. Bertoldo and his retinue lead the parade floats along the route of one of the oldest Carnivals in Italy.
In the case of inclement weather the Carnival of Persiceto parades may be postponed.