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

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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.

Photo Credit: carnevale.venezia.it

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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  • bsc
    bscSaturday, January 30, 2021 at 6:27 am
    Very cool!
    • fox1568
      fox1568Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 5:04 am
      cool awesome amazing
      • minecraft_kat26
        minecraft_kat26Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 5:24 am
        i wish i could've seen the parade in personit looks sooo cool
        • lovebooks123
          lovebooks123Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:54 pm
          I wish i could fly like one of those girls
          • nioki
            niokiWednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10:35 am
            so cool, i wish i could be there
            • abe_009_200
              abe_009_200Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 12:45 pm
              cool awesome amazing
              • Hetalia fanTuesday, October 22, 2019 at 11:10 am
                Amasing!
                • lilponyWednesday, October 16, 2019 at 12:25 pm
                  Its so cool to watch right who agrees with me? :)
                  • 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