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Carnevale! Feburary 6 to February 16 2010
Gold & Purple Carniva Maks
Gold Carnival Maks

Join the fun as the traditional Carnivale in Venice kicks off in St. Mark's Square with a whirlwind of musicians, dancers, street performers, and acrobats performing in (what else?) a festive Italian carnival atmosphere!

Perhaps the most wacky and colorful part of the occasion are the thousands of visitors from the U.S., U.K. and Japan who come to Venice to participate in a centuries-old tradition of street theater, wearing exotic masks and mysterious costumes for the occasion.

With Carnival history steeped in the Middle Ages (and at its height during the 17th & 18th centuries), the festival has certainly had its ups and downs over the years due mainly to the raucous and sometimes lawless behavior that accompanied it.

Only in the 1980's did Carnival truly come back as a time-honored street party with good-natured control over the chaos.

Today, tourists can safetly participate in the frivolity - or be amused from the sidelines - and at night also watch Venice sparkle under the magic of spectacular fireworks displays.

Where: St. Mark's Square, city streets, public squares, theatres.

When: Typically, Carnival begins two weeks before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday. In 2010, the festivities are scheduled from Saturday, February 6 to Tuesday, February 16, 2010.

More about Venice Carnival around the Web:

Venice Carnival - Official Site

Venice Carnival / Carnevale Venice



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