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

By Meera Dolasia on February 13, 2017

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Photo Credit: carnevale.venezia.it

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.

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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.

Resources: carnevale.venezia.it, telegraph.co.uk, wikipedia.org

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  • comedian
    comedianSaturday, February 25, 2017 at 6:18 am
    I have never even heard of a water parade before now! So cool!
    • I love sushi Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 4:38 am
      Cool
      • aguirreFriday, February 24, 2017 at 1:17 pm
        super cool
        • red_panda
          red_pandaFriday, February 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm
          no whay so cool i cant belevie it
          • acarter05
            acarter05Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:33 am
            Venice is a nice place.
            • comedian
              comedianSaturday, February 25, 2017 at 6:18 am
              Agreed
            • DarrenFriday, February 24, 2017 at 11:25 am
              It's so cool and i like how it look's like the colours are combining
              • abcfriendship
                abcfriendshipFriday, February 24, 2017 at 11:19 am
                this is soo cool
                • TaborG1 Friday, February 24, 2017 at 10:43 am
                  I love there costumes, so pretty!
                  • SmartCommenterFriday, February 24, 2017 at 10:22 am
                    I am doing a current event too. Not on this though.
                    • coolyoutuber19Friday, February 24, 2017 at 8:16 am
                      cool

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