Venice Celebrates 2013 Carnival
Venice is recognized for many unique and remarkable sights: its waterways, canals, gondolas, churches, and numerous museums have fascinated visitors from all around the world. The overall beauty and mystique of this place is what drives millions of people to its streets every year. One of the events which motivate travelers to come here is the Venice Carnival, a grand celebration of nothing but the best time. This isn’t a one-day thing and the fun never stops therefore you should visit Venice between 2nd and 12th February and enjoy the party on your own.
An evocative festival for the people, unique for its history, atmosphere and masks, the Carnival of Venice brings thousands of people to the city for two weeks each year to see and take part in its magnificent Carnival; walking round in fancy dress in this city’s magical scenery means taking part in a truly exceptional happening. Of course the all-important parade on water took place on January 26th, but some of the best is yet to come, with the most climactic days set for February 2nd-12th, of course the latter being Fat Tuesday.
The theme for 2013 is Il Carnevale dei colori, i colori del Carnevale (The Carnival of Colors, the Colors of the Carnival), an homage to all the artists that have immortalized the colors of beautiful Venice throughout the last centuries: Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto, Tiziano, Giorgione, Bellini, and Veronese. Not only, but these artists perfected their prospective painting right here in this Lagoon City.
These particular color chromatics also featured in the Carnival’s monumental traditions over the opening weekend, beginning with the Venetian Party and Parade on the Water.
Visitors in town on February 2nd and 3rd can enjoy, respectively, the Feast of the Marias and the Flight of the Angel from the top of St. Mark’s Bell Tower to the center of Piazza San Marco; this is the Venetian Carnival’s event par excellence.
The other spectacular flight on the programme is the “Svolo del Leon” on Fat Tuesday, and at midnight, the eerily gorgeous Silent Water Parade of gondolas from the Rialto Bridge to St. Mark’s Basin (right in front of the homonymous Piazza) to close the Carnival.