On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

• grand carnival began on the streets of Venice

Carnivals - a costumed celebrations associated with disguises, masquerades and a colorful procession, mass festivities and theatrical performances. They celebrated before Lent. The first carnivals were in Italy, and the very first of them - the carnival in Venice.

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

The first mention of the carnival in Venice belongs to 1094, although XIII-XIV centuries masks carnivals were not. (Photo by Manuel Silvestri):

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

In 1162, in honor of the victory over the Patriarch of Aquileia begun festivities on the main square in Venice - San Marco. Presumably from the time the carnival has become an annual event. (Photo: Filippo Monteforte):

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

The wearing of masks has been very popular for a while; Venetians wore them for six months - from August to Lent. In connection with the increase in the number of brothels masks were banned by the Council of Ten in 1703, but next year the decision was canceled. (Photo: Filippo Monteforte):

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

About 3 million people come to the carnival in Venice, including participants and photographers. (Photo: Filippo Monteforte):

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

In the XVII century the carnival in Venice was in decline, but in 1979 the Venetian Carnival once again become popular: the Italian government elected him to promote the history and culture of Venice. (Photo: Filippo Monteforte):

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

Carnival in Venice opens the old Venetian festival - Festa delle Marie, which is dedicated to the liberation of the Venetian girls who were abducted by pirates from Istria. (Photo: Filippo Monteforte):

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

In 1996, the Carnival of Venice got its own anthem, who wrote the famous couturier Pierre Cardin. It turns out that he also wrote the music. (Photo by Manuel Silvestri):

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

Historical Regatta. (Photo by Manuel Silvestri):

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

are organized and costumed presentation, which reliably recreate the enchanting, frivolous carnival atmosphere of past centuries. (Photo: Filippo Monteforte):

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival

And, of course, the traditional symbol of the annual carnival in Venice - the famous Venetian mask. (Photo by Manuel Silvestri):

On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival On the streets of Venice began a grand carnival