The Historic Carnival of Ivrea
The Carnival A to Z
Gran Cancelliere e Sostituto Gran Cancelliere – Grand Chancellor and Assistant Grand Chancellor
In the early 1800s, when the various carnivals became just one, it was decided that the provost of the city solicitors, called the Grand Chancellor, should keep a detailed record of every event and every Carnival ceremony in a special book. Since the solicitors were usually very busy and didn’t feel inclined to ride around the city streets on horseback, they used to have their deeds written by someone they trusted. So an Assistant Grand Chancellor was appointed.
He is always present, alongside the General and the General Staff, in order to bear witness on every official occasion. In a black velvet suit, white pleated wig, with a ponytail under his three-cornered hat, white waistcoat and shirt with lace frill and cuffs, knee breeches over white stockings, the Assistant rides carrying with him a copy of the Records Book.
The real one, in which he meticulously notes down the performance of the ceremonies according to protocol, is kept in a safe place, since during Carnival he is the only one responsible for this document.