In Ivrea Carnival there are two rival groups of students, the A.U.C. and S.O.A.S..
The students belonging to the two groups take part in the carnival through parties, dances, processions and “kidnappings” in exchange for rewards (one famous kidnapping, for example, took place in “the abduction of the Lion” was carried out by the S.O.A.S. in 1977: in fact that year the lion on the Mugnaia’s golden coach was kidnapped, and later returned in exchange for 50 litres of wine “paid by the General and by the Assistant Grand Chancellor).
It was these groups that started the tradition of the Saturday evening torchlight procession (fiaccolata goliardica), in fact they lead the procession and escort the Miller’s daughter with their torches. A solemn moment for the two groups is the Wednesday evening preceding Carnival when the Prefects are appointed.