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Carnivale in Venice – 2006

Posted by Daniel on Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Thousands of people have crammed into St. Mark’s Square in the Italian city of Venice to watch the opening ceremony of the picturesque city’s carnival.

The Venice carnival inspires all types of people to don elaborate masks and costumes evoking styles from the eighteenth century, and parade along the city’s canals. The first day of the 10-day celebration is marked by a special event called the Angel’s Flight. A young woman in white glides down from St. Mark’s Campanile tower in a traditional ceremony to kick off the event. This year the chosen one was Manuela Levorato, Italy’s fastest sprinter. The carnival was first celebrated more than 1,000 years ago.

St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

Below Are some of the colorful shots in today’s parade.

Photos courtesy of The Australian by AFP & Reuters


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