Venice celebrates Carnival with costumes, masks and floats

Natalie Portman
By Natalie Portman 2 Min Read
origin 1The festival starter boat floats down the Grand Canal to kick off the annual Venice Carnival. Venice opened its famous annual Carnival on the weekend with medieval-style costumes, music, dancing and a large unicorn float. The festivities kicked off late Saturday evening when a boat carrying the unicorn statue and dancing performers cruised through the central Grand Canal. Federica Spampinato/LaPresse via ZUMA Press/dpa

Venice opened its famous annual Carnival on the weekend with medieval-style costumes, music, dancing and a large unicorn float.

The festivities kicked off late Saturday evening when a boat carrying the unicorn statue and dancing performers cruised through the central Grand Canal.

On Sunday, carnival performers cruised the city’s canals in decorated boats and gondolas.

The history of the festival in Venice dates back to the Middle Ages and is famous for its elaborate costumes and masks of the Venetian Carnival.

Hundreds of thousands of guests flock to the northern Italian city from around the world for the festivities, which last until 21 February.

After three years of anti-coronavirus measures, this weekend’s celebrations were the first without any restrictions.

origin 1The festival starter boat floats down the Grand Canal to kick off the annual Venice Carnival. Venice opened its famous annual Carnival on the weekend with medieval-style costumes, music, dancing and a large unicorn float. The festivities kicked off late Saturday evening when a boat carrying the unicorn statue and dancing performers cruised through the central Grand Canal. Federica Spampinato/LaPresse via ZUMA Press/dpa

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