The Historic Carnival of Ivrea
The Carnival A to Z
The Scarlo is the pole covered with heather and juniper bush burned as a ritual, but for Ivrea it is much, much more: the crackling flames that flicker round that scarlo in each quarter on Tuesday evening are a sign of vitality and a good omen left as a gift by the carnival whose ending it marks.
The Scarlo that burns in Piazza di Città is presided over by the Mugnaia who stands on her coach, with her sword held up high until the flames have completely destroyed the Scarlo. The faster the flames leap up the pole, the happier the crowd are, since it is a good omen for the year that has just begun.