Pinocchio’s birthday! On the last Sunday in May, the town of Collodi celebrates Pinocchio's birthday. Sunday the 27th of May the celebrations take place in the Parco di Pinocchio, an entertainment ground entirely devoted to the adventures of the little wooden humanoid and his array of strange friends. A new theme every year raises awareness on various issues by welcoming scores of schoolchildren to submit their ideas on the subject. Then the grand birthday party begins with a prize-giving ceremony rewarding schools that have produced the best project and is followed by live music, puppet shows and the eating of a massive birthday cake. Pinocchio the puppet achieved his fame long before he hit the silver screen. Le avventure di Pinocchio, storia di un burattinowas in fact published in its entirety on 25 May 1883!