This year's carnival is something like number 630 and the comune of Putignano in Bari are proud to claim that theirs is one of the oldest and certainly the longest in Italy, if not the world.
Experts have pinpointed the date of the first carnival to the 26 December 1394 and, while it finishes as many others do on 'martedì grasso', the celebrations start on this same day with the tradition of 'Propaggine'.
The protagonist of the carnival is 'Farinella' who first appeared on the scene in his current form in only 1953.
He wears a green and white suit with a three pointed hat and the obligatory mask, along with bells on the end of his shoes. The colors represent those of the town and refer to a cat and a dog at peace, for at least one part of the year.