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Venice Carnevale : 13 to 24 February

Feb 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Events

  Venice Carnevale has to be one of the most famous carnivals in the world.  Dating back to the 12th century, heralds a period of merry making.  With its elaborate, colourful masks and costumes, grand masked balls, elaborate water parades, historic re-enactment, music and dancing, jugglers…..and the unforgettable sight of pale masked faces contrasting sharply against the rich crimson velvets of the Venetian costumes is certainly a feast for all the senses.  This year it will run from 13-24 February, ending on Martedì Grasso (Fat Tuesday) which marks the beginning of the Lent season.

Appropriately, this year’s theme is “Sensation: 6 senses for 6 districts” and will highlight the various areas of the city. For example, the Cannaregio district will host food tasting events and the Santa Croce district will have performances involving experiments with smells.

The most recognizable part of the festival is the masks, which often feature feathers and/or glitter and include representations of jokers, animals, and puppets among many other personaggi (characters).

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