Venice, the Italian queen of carnival cities, will host 18 days of Carnevale this year, with events taking place along the city’s canals from 8-25 February 2020.

Artisans in Venice are currently hard at work preparing beautiful masks and floats, one of the world’s best-loved carnivals, whose theme has not yet been announced.
Costumed visitors can look forward to water parades, allegorical floats, masked balls, and night parades, with a spectacular water procession from Punta Della Dogana to Rio di Cannaregio opening this year’s program of events on 9 February.
Another important event, the Festa delle Marie pageant, will be held on 15 February with a sumptuous parade from Piero di Castello that will reach Piazza S. Marco where the most beautiful of the 12 “Marias” will be crowned on 25 February.
The Carnevale di Venezia dates back to the 14th century, and over the centuries the event was frequently forbidden under various rulers. The modern version of the Carnival, as we know it today, has taken place for the last 100 years.
Carnival ends each year the day before Ash Wednesday which signifies the beginning of Lent, traditionally a period of fasting and abstinence leading up to Easter.

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