In Venice it’s that time again. Time for grand costume balls, fierce mask contests, towering wigs and a parade of preening, strutting revelers as city residents and visitors from around the world take part in its annual carnival.

The season technically began on Jan. 27 with the Flight of the Angel, a ritual dating to the 1500s, and an opening regatta.
Others will follow, and the season it will end on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday.
The Venice Carnival 2019 runs from February 16th until March 5th. Venice transforms and it’s a must-see event — even if you’ve visited Venice several times before.
On Saturday, the Festa delle Maria, or parade of the Marias, unfolded. Traditionally, 12 young women were chosen to represent the city, commemorating the rescue of Venetian brides-to-be from pirates centuries ago.
Venice is a magical city at any time of year, and while it’s popular all year round, it is particularly special during the Carnevale di Venezia!
Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy the spectacle and atmosphere of the Carnival of Venice, but the dates change from year to year, so make sure you plan your trip carefully before you book flights and accommodation.