The inhabitants of Salorno know how to celebrate the period of Carnival.
Image gallery: Perkeo - Carnival in Salorno
“Perkeo’s Maschggra“, this is how the carnival in Salorno is called. Perkeo, actually Clemens Pankert or Giovanni Clementi, was born in Salorno in 1702. in 1720 the palatine Elector Karl III Philipp chose him as court jester and took him to Heidelberg, where Perkeo was soon nominated cup-bearer. His job was to guard the wine barrels in the aristocrats’ cellar. If he was asked if he wanted to have another glass of wine, he repeatedly answered “perché no?“ (why not?). For this reason he used to be called “Perkeo“.
Perkeo and his cortege dominate Salorno in the period of Carnival. There is also a special ritual, in which the major of Salorno hands over the key of the townhall to Perkeo. On Mardi Gras, this key is given back to the major.
The key is handed over on 11.11 am, on the carnival Saturday there is a huge parade in the village. On Mardi Gras, the major of Salorno gets back the key for the town-hall.
The Perkeo Carnival is held only In the even years.