The Venice Carnival is one of the most awaited appointments of the year both at national and international level in the past and nowadays too. Let’s find out more about the modern Carnival!
The Carnival of Venice is officially recognised as a public festival in 1296 and it remains one of the most awaited event of the year until the end of the 18th Century: in 1797 the French occupation of Napoleon stopped the long tradition with the exception of few islands. Two centuries have to pass in order for the tradition to come back to the everyday life of the venetians thanks to the efforts of the city associations and to the economic-logistic contribution of the City of Venice. The Venice Carnival returns to its past glory, attracting tourists from every part of the world.
The modern Carnival is not the exact copy of the ancient one. Every single edition is dedicated to a theme, which can be shared by other Italian or European cities making it an International Carnival. The most awaited events are the Festa delle Marie and The Angel Flight, which are quite different from their ancestors: the Festa delle Marie lost its religious value and its charitable purposes; in fact, the procession of the most beautiful and the poorest brides-to-be was substituted by a contest to elect the most beautiful Venetian young girl. The Angel Flight changed its protagonists too: at the beginning the Angel was a professional wirewalker, then a brave Venetian, but after a fall that ended in a tragic event, the Venetian authorities replaced the living person with a dove made of wood, which can pour confetti on the crowd. In 2001 the old formula was restored but with all the necessary precautions in order to guarantee the absolute security. From 2011 the winner of Festa delle Marie is also the Angel.
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