On Saturday, he gave a larger-than-life performance at San Marino’s national final. Now the outrageous Italian rock star Achille Lauro has gotten even bigger. A giant papier-mâché version of the Sanremo star was featured in Italy’s iconic Carnevale di Viareggio, which began on Sunday.

The sculpture of Achille Lauro is clearly recognisable as the bad boy of San Marino’s national final, even down to his facial tattoos. Dressed as the “king of freedom and diversity”, the Lauro head includes moving eyes, which appear to stare deeply into the very souls of parade-goers.

Achille Lauro represents “our guide for our days of madness”

The float was designed by Luca Bertozzi, who also designed last year’s winning float. This year, the float is based around the Feast of Fools — traditionally a day where participants would select a “false pope”. Thus Achille Lauro is the honorary “false pope” of the Carnevale di Viareggio.

In an interview earlier in the month, Bertozzi spoke about why he picked Achille Lauro as the star of the float, noting that Lauro appeals to different age groups. He said “he use the language of the youth but is known and appreciated even by the elderly. He is a transgressive character, an eclectic character who also does it with his strong style, full of quotes, but always with originality and elegance. I think he represents our fool, our guide for our days of madness.”

Italian media are speculating that Achille Lauro himself may make an appearance at the carnival, joining his giant doppelgänger.

The popular event takes place in the Tuscan seaside town of Viareggio. This year, it is limited to 40,000 spectators  due to pandemic precautions. As well as Achille Lauro, other floats include themes of Covid, gender equality, sport and American politics. 

The parade is seen as a restart for Italy, a celebration after two years of pandemic restrictions.

Fans wanting to check out Achille Lauro’s giant head in person, can visit the Carnevale di Viareggio on February 20, 24 and 27 and March 1 (Mardi Gras), 5 and 12.

What do you think? Which Eurovision 2022 stars would you like to see made into a parade float? Should Achille Lauro bring his giant head to Turin? Sound off in the comments section below!

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John
John
9 months ago

This is so bonkers. But i guess the not a complete surprise. Achille did get a condemnation from the Vatican for his Sanremo performance of Domenica. I can’t wait for the Stripper stage show. I’m guessing starting the song with “Like a Virgin” line wasn’t a coincidence since Madonna also got flack on her Truth or Dare tour from the Vatican for that song.

David
David
9 months ago
Reply to  John

Madonna got flack from the Vatican for her “Blonde Ambition” tour (not Truth or Dare, that was something different) – and the fact she [email protected] onstage in front of a giant altar to the song “Like A Virgin” – not because of the song itself.

Lokito
Lokito
9 months ago

Achille lauro has been invited to the carnival and should get on the float. It would be a great postcard for San Marino.

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
9 months ago

I mean it’s an impressive piece of work but at the same time it’s quite terrifying

Nils
Nils
9 months ago

A carnival parade where they traditionally have a mock pope? Wow … I had no idea something like that was even thinkable in Italy.

Sucof
Sucof
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Are you kidding me? are your words really serious? ahahahah

Nils
Nils
9 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

Messing with the pope in Italy? I was pretty sure you’d instantly get your *** whipped for that.

Pietro
Pietro
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Then you don’t know italians at all lol

Illi
Illi
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Ehmmm, no.

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

I think this is his reaction because Italy is regarded as a very religious country, idk

Nils
Nils
9 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Exactly, thank you.

sucof
sucof
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

In Italy, the pope is said and done worse against him. these things are nothing in comparison