12.02.2010 - 12.02.2010
So far behind, this is from February 12th! Our first trip to Venice was during Carnivale, a major event that was packed with people wearing masks and costumes. The piazza in the centre was transformed into a giant dance party with a lion sculpture made of various fruits and vegetables I think.... After they closed that down we drifted to another outdoor party that consisted of a a box dolly, agenerator, an amp and a ton of people.
The We plan to go back for four days to do all the tourist stuff. So expect more photos. uhh and now here is a copy and pasted explanation.
"The mask in the city of Venice has ancient origins and was used for many months of the year. Masks were allowed from the day of Santo Stefano, which marked the start of the Venetian carnival, to midnight of Shrove Tuesday which marked the end. (Naturally, they were forbidden on days of religious festivals).
As well as at this time of year, the Venetians wore masks during the fortnight of the Ascension, and ended up wearing it, with a few exceptions, right up to half-way through June. Later on, it was permitted to wear a mask from the 5th October up to the start of the Christmas novena (16th December).
During all major events, such as official banquets or other celebrations of the Serenissima Republic, the wearing of "mask and cloak" were permitted. The mask had many uses - to protect gamblers from giving away indiscrete looks, (especially to avoid their creditors), or it was used by "barnaboti" noblemen begging on street corners.
Maskmakers (mascherari) enjoyed a special position in society, with their own laws and their own guild." -- http://www.carnivalofvenice.com/
Jimmy Lee looks unimpressed with me
Balloon Animals made of glassThe winged lion made of fruits and hot dogs...
A video that is too dark to see :D
Photos below thanks to Jimmy and Kendra :D