Revellers wearing elaborate masks and costumes take over the water city as they celebrate the 2016 edition of one of the world’s oldest carnivals. Nathan Frandino reports.
Revellers show off their masks in Venice Carnival
From dark and mysterious… to downright adorable… costumed revellers sparkled in Italy on Saturday for the Venice Carnival.
The pre-Lent festival features art, music and a local Venetian favorite, the traditional Procession of the Twelve Marias, a reenactment of the liberation of 12 young women kidnapped by pirates.
Visitors come from all over the world to experience the festival.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CARNIVAL-GOER LIZZY BURGER FROM SOUTH AFRICA SAYING:
“Venice Carnival is magical. Dreams can come true here. Around the corner you don’t know what you will see. Around every corner there is something new, something is going to jump out and you don’t know who it is, you don’t know what it is. It is spectacular.”
Carnival is celebrated throughout Italy.
It was first held in Venice in the 11th century and remains a staple celebration for locals.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CARNIVAL-GOER CLAUDIA MANEA FROM VENICE SAYING :
“I like the Venice Carnival because the person is at the center of it. Not the chariots or other things. The mask is the person.”
This year’s carnival runs until February 9th.