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.

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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  • nitria
    nitriaabout 1 month
    SO TEMPTING TO WATCH!!!!!!🌊🌊🌆
    • mattchien
      mattchien4 months
      cool
      • mattchien
        mattchien4 months
        cool!
        • lilypop
          lilypop6 months
          sooo very very very coooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • bsc
            bsc9 months
            Very cool!
            • fox1568
              fox156812 months
              cool awesome amazing
              • minecraft_kat26
                minecraft_kat26about 1 year
                i wish i could've seen the parade in personit looks sooo cool
                • lovebooks123
                  lovebooks123over 1 year
                  I wish i could fly like one of those girls
                  • nioki
                    niokiover 1 year
                    so cool, i wish i could be there
                    • abe_009_200
                      abe_009_200almost 2 years
                      cool awesome amazing