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.


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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  • Lola pMonday, February 12, 2018 at 6:35 am
    hi sup i am very cool
    • orimmanaMonday, February 12, 2018 at 6:29 am
      • liberalmingo
        liberalmingoSunday, February 11, 2018 at 1:47 pm
        That is amazing
        • darkpit
          darkpitFriday, February 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm
          So cool!
          • ppylvr
            ppylvrWednesday, January 31, 2018 at 2:44 pm
            • vay9Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:22 am
              WOW that is awesome
              • boby Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10:38 am
                WOW _ I love it so cool so colorful and pretty!!! WOW!!!!!
                • bacon_is_cool
                  bacon_is_coolMonday, January 8, 2018 at 5:26 pm
                  WOW! It's so colorful and beautiful. And I agree with the title it is mesmerizing!
                  • juiceMonday, January 8, 2018 at 4:11 pm
                    so colorful!
                    • aorangeMonday, January 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm

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