The Coumba Frèide Historic Carnival
  • The Coumba Frèide Historic Carnival


The Coumba Frèide Historic Carnival

Resorts: Bionaz

01 February 2020 - 02 February 2020


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.


1st February
9.00 am
Presentation of the Benda Chez Luigino (Places Hamlet)
10.30 am
Parade moves off to the Hamlets of Places, Chentre, Balmes, Lexert, Plan de Veyne, Moulin and Dzovennoz
8.00 pm
Spaghetti at the Restaurant Lac Lexert (10€)
9.30 pm
Dancing evening at the Restaurant Lac Lexert with Ragazzi del villaggio – free entry
10.00 pm
Arrival of the masks and continuation of the dancing evening

February 2nd
11.00 am
Mass at the parish church and blessing of the Benda
12.30 pm
Lunch at the bar trattoria La Laitii (reservation required until Friday 31 January at the following numbers: Ives 345.4546501, Ivan 346.5860355) menu € 15
2.00 pm
Meeting of the Benda and exit towards the square of Plan de Veyne
2.30 pm
Departure of the parade from Plan de Veyne with arrival to the pavilion where the distribution of the “minestrone” will follow (other carnival groups will participate in the parade)
8.30 pm
Beginning dancing evening with the orchestra Erik e i poudzo valdotain

Note - this information is not directly connected to the Cammino Balteo path but it is part of the Aosta Valley tourist offer.