Carnival Time, Venice
CARNIVAL ONE MIGHT HAVE NOT SEEN....
The Venice Carnival is the most internationally known festival celebrated in Venice, Italy, as well as being one of the oldest. This congregation of masked people, called Venice Carnival, began in the 15th century, but the tradition can be traced back to the beginning of the 14th Century.
MY DESIRE WAS TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES AT CARNIVAL TIME.. I WAS NOT LET DOWN OR DISAPPOINTED ..HERE ARE SOME OF THE GREAT FACES I SAW!!!!!! THERE ARE 13 PARTS.( LOTS OF PICTURES) AND .A LOT OF CARNIVAL!!!
SO MANY GREAT COSTUMES.... .AND THEY ALL SEEM TO HAVE COME OUT OF A STORYBOOK. During those years one of the first laws made by the Serenissima was that masks cannot be used around the city at night.
A SMILE FOR EACH POSE....... A BOW FOR EACH ENTRANCE OF A DIFFERENT COSTUME... Venice Carnival attracted foreigners - including princes - from all over Europe, who came to enjoy the wild festivities while spending fortunes.
2006 Carnival starts 17th February
Carnival, or Carnevale, is Venice's answer to Mardi Gras. Every Winter for eight days leading up to Lent tourists such as I flock to the City for pageants, commedia dell'arte, concerts, face painting, displaying your costume and masked balls up until Shrove Tuesday which marks the end of the festival.
In it's glory days of the 1700s the Carnevale di Venezia began on 26th December, people would wear masks and party and gamble. right until Ash Wednesday. The Venetian Republic was beginning to lose trade by this time which meant a loss of wealth and power. Carnival ceased along with the Republic when Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Venice in 1797.
In 1979 a group of non-Venetians attempted to revive Carnival a bit like other historical societies hold re-enactments and costume events. The event took off and hence the Carnival in it's present from was born, perking up a traditionally quiet time visitor-wise and creating a new tourist season.
My only gripe about the timing is that the weather is a bit hit and miss at this time of the year. Some of the costumes are so elaborate and sopping wet velvet could be quite heavy I imagine, and big ostrich plumes never look as grand when they're bedraggled!
After its canals and glassware, Venice may be known for it's carnival and masks.
We were not lucky enough to be there during the carnival, but the masks that were on sale in the numerous shops were very nice to look at. Some were works of art in their own right.
Carnival time...what can I say. There is so much going on, that the narrow walkways are always crowded.
This is a picture of the crowd heading on to the Rialto Bridge Feb 2005. This was one of the slower periods in past years. Judge for yourself.
I didn't go during the Carnival Ball time.. though i've already dreamt too.. Maybe sometime in the future...
It's all about the masks and the medival gowns.. many shops sell masks.. but quite a handful sell costumes too.. and i had fun looking at them with no intention of buying of course! Reminds me of all those movies i've watched like Drew Barrymore's Ever After.. haha
These Carnaval creatures seem to have popped out of a weird dream, Moving slowly, as all of this costume must be uncomfortable to wear, making the scene even more unreal !!!! They matched perfectly the place by St Marco water walk,giving life to it..... I don't wanna imagine Venice without the Carnival - it would be incomplete...
they do look impressive but spooky as well.
These masked ladies were having a photo shoot session. So I hurried to take a pic. Of course I am not a professional and they were looking elsewhere, but I just thought - these are real venetian costumes. They are worth being photographed.
This picture shows the participants heading to the Grand Parade in St. Marks Square. They board gondolas and drift along the Grand Canal, dressed in their finery, playing the part to the utmost, and mugging for the crowd.
Ma Kettle and I held onto this prized location, by sitting along the steps leading from the canals edge. Suggest you lay a newspaper down first, to prevent green algae from soiling your back side. We didn't...
Fortunately, Carnaval time is so crowded, no one noticed our furry green bottoms.
The Carnival in Venice is said to have originated from an important victory of the "Republica della Serenissima", in the war against Ulrico, Patriarch of Aquileia, in the year 1162. To celebrate this victory, dances and reunions started to take place in SAN MARCO SQUARE. Due to the multicultural character of Venice, magicians and others joined the fun.
When Carnival first began it was celebrated from December 26 and ended the day before Ash Wednesday, also known as "Mardi Gras". During Carnival, Venice let her hair down and enjoyed all excesses that were permitted. Hiding behind masks seemed to abolish all social division. Venice was one big party; carousing, singing, dancing and playing games. The most common costume (the baùtta) was composed of a black silk hood, a lace cape, a voluminous cloak (the tabarro), and a three-cornered hat and a white mask that completely covered the wearer's face. This allowed revelers to go around the city incognito. It was useful to go to casini, places where you could play games of chance.
Today Madri Gras is still celebrated the same way and is held in the month of February.
When Carnival first began it was celebrated from December 26 and reached its climax the day before Ash Wednesday, also known as "Mardi Gras". During the period of Carnival it seems that every excess was permitted and the fact that everyone wore masks seemed to abolish all social division. All the campi were thronged with people intent on partying and carousing, singing, dancing and playing games. The most common costume (the baùtta) was composed of a black silk hood, a lace cape, a voluminous cloak (the tabarro), and a three-cornered hat and a white mask that completely covered the wearer's face. This allowed revelers to go around the city incognito. It was useful to go to casini, places where you could play games of chance.
Since 1980 the celebration of Carnival in Venice has gained popularity. People come from the world over to attend private and public masked balls and masked revelers of all ages invade the campi where music and dancing continues nearly day and night. Theatrical performances and an array of ancient games are organized for the amusement of Venetians and visitors alike.
The carnival period for retail sales is every day. Carnival is a huge event in February that last some days. I heard the streets are more crowded than usual at that time, with locals and foriegners. If you want a souvenir, they are scattered throughout the narrow streets. It is a treat to go in and shop for something to purchase. The variety is endless. Most shops do not want you to come in and merely look at the merchandise, though. The intent is to buy something.
IF ONE PLANS TO GO TO VENICE...BY ALL MEANS TRY TO GO DURING CARNIVAL!!!! IT IS FANTASTIC SEEING THE AWESOME CUSTOMES AND THE BEAUTIFUL LIGHTS AS THEY BRIGHTEN THE NIGHTS AT ST. MARK'S SQUARE....
Kath and I arrived in Venice just in time for Carnevale. The place gets packed and people come from all around the world to attend this old traditional event on the Venice calendar.
Dating back to medieval times when discretion warranted the wearing of masks(dont get caught with your mistress), today, carnivale continues. The main events take place in St. Mark's Square but dont go if you dont like crowds. Venice is like a beehive.