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

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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.

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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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367 Comments
  • dramaqueen851
    dramaqueen851Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    That is awesomeee!
    • AlyssaFriday, August 30, 2019 at 8:04 am
      I love the water parade
      • BALLET TIMEWednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10:48 am
        book I know what is cool BALLET!!!!👍😍
        • coolWednesday, June 12, 2019 at 9:06 am
          cool
          • iceskatingqueen
            iceskatingqueenMonday, February 4, 2019 at 6:10 am
            Wow! I love the circus!
            • juniper07
              juniper07Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm
              I love circus and this was amazing!
              • applemango
                applemangoSunday, January 6, 2019 at 6:10 pm
                very cool
                • 笙箫少女Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 5:53 am
                  cool
                  • puppycups
                    puppycupsThursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:23 pm
                    WOW SO COOL
                    • ZachFriday, September 21, 2018 at 1:40 pm
                      i want to go there