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    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    • Carnival of Venice: Best Moments
    © AFP 2018 / Vincenzo Pinto
    A masked reveller poses in Venice's Riva degli Schiavoni on the opening day of the Venice Carnival on 17 February 2019.

    The whole city is like one big theatre. The most fascinating event is the "floating" parade, featuring beautiful costumes, masks, fairy tale characters - all on coloured boats and gondolas.

    Thousands of residents and tourists eagerly gathered to see the show. Venice Carnival will last until 5 March and the mid-winter celebration is expected to attract up to three million visitors and spectators.

    The theme of this season's Carnival of Venice is Creatum Civitas Ludens, meaning "City created for games".

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