In Castel Goffredo (Mantova), on February, they celebrate the Carnevale. But a very special one, Il Carnevale di Re Gnocco (‘the Carnival of King Gnocco’)
A new king is crowned every year
and people celebrate dancing in the streets and eating gnocchi of course!
The tradition started in 1531 in Verona, when, due to a famine, Sir Tommaso Vico offered potatoes, eggs and flour to the poor people living in Contrada San Zeno, and they celebrated the benefactor with a big carnival in the streets.
As we say: ridi ridi che mamma ha fatto gli gnocchi! (‘Smile, mamma made gnocchi’)
(See also “I miss gnocchi – 1 – 2 – 3″ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/212-i-miss-gnocchi-1/