The Carnival of Venice


During carnival ,an exciting contest will crown the best mask of the Carnival 201 .The daily parades will let the public admire the participants and vote for the most beautiful masks! Many events are scheduled. Saturday 23rd February, at around 2.30 pm,  the traditional ‘Marie parade’ will depart from San Pietro di Castello along Via Garibaldi and the Riva degli Schiavoni to St Mark’s Square. Considered one of the most anticipated events of the Carnival, on 24th February, the Flight of the Angel in Venice is the official opening of the celebrations of St. Mark’s Square.


On 28th February is  Fat Thursday: Venice Carnival in February 2019 dedicates this day to a re-enactment of the victory of doge Vitale Michiel II on the patriarch Ulrico of Aquileia and the 12 rebel feudatories, which took place precisely on Fat Thursday of 1162. Sunday 3rd March will be the Flight of the Eagle and during following days some special parades for youngers will take place. The first official document declaring the Carnival of Venice as a public holiday is from 1296, when the Senate of the Republic set it. In the beginning, the Carnival lasted six weeks, from December 26. In 1797, during the French occupation of Napoleon, the tradition was interrupted. Only in 1979, almost two centuries later, the centuries-old tradition of the Venice Carnival was officially reborn.


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