It’s the month of Carnival, and St. Ambrose gave the Milanese three extra days of masquerading and partying after Ash Wednesday. As a consequence, in Milano we celebrate Fat Saturday when the rest of the world is done with Mardi Gras.
"Commedia dell’arte" costumes (Harlequin, Pulcinella, Brighella, Meneghino, Cecca) abound and kids dressed like zorros and fairies throw confetti ("coriandoli") and streamers ("stelle filanti") in Piazza Duomo and Via Mercanti and all around downtown.
There are carnival parades in various neighborhoods, although Carnival now has to contend with the growing popularity of Halloween in Milano. We at YesMilano feel for the Ambrosian Carnival and dream that one day it will compete with Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans in flashiness and gaudiness.
Most especially, February is the month of the Milano Fashion Week (from 25 to 27 February), when all international stylists and the models on magazines come to the city to showcase women’s fashion collections for the fall/winter.
Fashion shows and great parties are everywhere and the best catwalks are broadcasted live on large screens in Piazza San Babila and the Fashion District.