Carnival Traditions - Venice

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Carnevale di Venezia Originally started as a reunion in San Marco Square to celebrate a victory of the Serenissima Repubblica" against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven in the year 1162, the Carnevale di Venezia grew in prestige and popularity and was already well known throughout the world by the baroque period.The festival was banned by the King of Austria in 1797, including the prohibition of the use of masks. Though it popped up a couple times over the following two centuries, the carnival flame had been essentially extinguished. Finally in 1979, after nearly a 200 year absence, Carnevale returned, and with it the practice of mask making, which regained its rightful place as a centerpiece of the festivities. While there are gondola and boat parades along the Grand Canal, and masked parades in St. Mark’s Square, they are distinct from Mardi Gras and other New World carnival traditions in that there are no performance organizations that would correspond to krewes, groups, or samba schools. There’s more emphasis on parties and grand balls, which sometimes will flow out into the streets. Each year Venice hosts some 3 million visitors during its carnival season. Back to Global Carnival Traditions >>

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