CARNIVAL OF VENICE
More than 1.000.000 attendants, with daily peaks of 150.000 persons, 18 days of events and celebrations from February 16th to March 5th: from the prologue to the Martedì grasso (Shrove Tuesday) that marks the grand finale of the gala.
Crowds are expected to peak during the three weekends of the event (February 16th - 17th , February 23rd-24th and March 2nd – 3rd), the Thursday before Lent (February 28th) and the last day, Tuesday March 5th.
16-17 February Opening / Festa Veneziana
The huge "Festa veneziana" that opens the Carnival in Cannaregio with the water rowing parade of the unique boats and the gastronomic stalls with the traditional carnival delicacies
23 – 24 Fabruary Second weekend – Beginning of the shows in St. Mark’s square
The Flight of the Angel, «Festa delle Marie» (it evokes an historic event and now a beauty parade in traditional venetian period costumes), historical groups and parade
28 February Fat Thursday
Ballad of the Masks with the “Beheading of the Bull”
2-3 March Third weekend
The Best Masked Costume Contest Final , the Flight of the Eagle, the flight of the donkey in Mestre
5 March Mardi Gras
The «Svolo del Leon» and the The Festa delle Marie 2019 Award Ceremony
Throughout the period: dailiy Best Masked Costume contests, cultural events (special visits to the main museums and cultural city’s sites, exhibition, theatrical performance), dinner show, dj-set.
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