Saturday, March 5, 2011

Venice Carnevale

A tradition started to mask social classes, Carnevale is an annual festival in Venice that draws millions of visitors each year. Lasting from Ash Wednesday to Mardi Gras, it's a time to celebrate before the fasting and piety of Lent. Each year, both residents and tourists alike don festive garb and ornate masks to parade around the city. The beautiful canals and idyllic streets were crowded with feathers, tophats and poofy dresses. The costumes are just as elaborate as the parties are wild. The city hosts concerts, parades and other festivities.

Most Carnevalians just a don a mask with their outfits, but those in full-fledged 17th century costumes are the real eye-catchers. They pose for photographers in the same position for most of their duration in Venice as crowds swirl around them. If you're ever in Europe in late February, Carnevale is a must. The costumes, crowds and atmosphere make Carnevale a fantastic glimpse into the traditions of Italy.

Gibson wannabe

Cutest in the world


Miksu said...

could you please tell me where did you stayed in Venice? I'm going there next summer :D

and could you please answer in my blog? I'm sure I'm not going to remember chek your answer :D


Seego said...

wow, that's so amazing that they have that festival! It looks so fun! their costumes are amazing, and those masks are pretty sweet

DaniellaBella said...

Amazing and beautiful! What a great opportunity! Venice is pretty magical!

not-normal said...

great blog!

Brenda said...
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Brenda said...

Wow, this is really interesting! It seems like the perfect place for people shooting. I will definitely remember this when I go to Venice some day :)