Venetian Carnival and Masks

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This is an annual festival held in Venice where about 3 million people come to celebrate its history. It originally started as a lavish reunion and celebration in San Marco’s Square until it was banned in 1797. In 1979 it was reinstated as a way to boost the Venetian culture.  The most coveted prize of the event is the winner of the la maschera più bella (“the most beautiful mask”).

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At the carnival there are awards given out for the creative masks:

  • Award for the Thematic Masked Costume “The venetian kitchen” Monica Tognato and Leopoldo Lazzarin from Vicenza
  • Award for the Best Masked Costume “The Love’s Stars: Marte Venere e Cupido” Patris Angel Horstraak and Jochen Schlüter from Bielfeld (Germany)
  • The most original Mask Monsieur Sofà e M.le Coco by Lorenzo Marconi from Senigallia (Italy)

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Official Site: http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/en/

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