Video Of The Week — Venice Carnival Kicks Off With Mesmerizing Water Parade

By Meera Dolasia on February 13, 2017

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On February 11, thousands of people, many dressed in costumes and masks, gathered at the Rio de Cannaregio in Venice to watch the spectacular water show that marked the opening of the Carnevale di Venezia, or Carnival of Venice. The brainchild of the creative minds at Corona Events artist company, it featured colorful floating structures and acrobatic performers, many of whom were dressed as sea creatures.


The two-week festival began as a street dance in 1162 to celebrate the victory of the Republic of Venice against Ulrich II von Treven, the patriarch of Aquileia in Northern Italy. The event was observed in various forms until 1797, before being banned by the King of Austria who controlled Venice from 1815 and 1866. Though revived for short periods of time in the nineteenth century, it was not until 1979 that the Italian government made the Carnival a centerpiece of its efforts to showcase the culture and history of Venice. In addition to the water show, visitors can look forward to a wide range of activities including parades, musical performances, and pantomimes, as well as best mask competitions. It is no wonder that the festival attracts over three million visitors each year.


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  1. Why were so many people gathered at the Rio de Cannaregio in Venice on February 11?
  2. Why was the show held?

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  • pop-girlThursday, March 23, 2017 at 1:56 pm
    LOL!!! that is pretty cool i mean its a water parade...
    • DjThursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:45 am
      That is awsom
      • neatpeople
        neatpeopleSaturday, March 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm
        That is cool!!!
        • gady
          gadyWednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm
          i was in that parade
          • violin-cat
            violin-catThursday, March 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm
            OMG REALLY!!??
          • thecoolkidWednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:40 am
            yo yo yo this is one of the coolest things iv ever seen yo i give this a thumbs up :)
            • darisgotswagMonday, March 13, 2017 at 10:10 am
              crazy videos man
              • hermoinegranger
                hermoinegrangerMonday, March 13, 2017 at 8:32 am
                I like this article. it is really helpful
                • sugar642
                  sugar642Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3:51 pm
                  • Mystery?????Friday, March 10, 2017 at 9:00 am
                    Alright no dat lit but sweet doh
                    • :3Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:29 am
                      this is so amazing! i wish i could be there to see it all!!
                      • tgnftgnfghnfth
                        tgnftgnfghnfthSunday, March 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm
                        Me too
                        • violin-cat
                          violin-catThursday, March 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm
                          me three

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