Shrove Tuesday, Carnevale in Venezia

9 Feb

Although the high today will reach about 20°, Benita invited Len and me to join her for pazcki, the Polish deep-fried donut that signals the coming of Lent. We headed to Firecakes Donuts in Lincoln Park, where we tried the raspberry ones, then took a lemon for later. Definitely worth the calories!

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Eating the pazcki reminded me of Venice’s Carnevale, the huge winter festival celebrated with  parades, masquerade balls, musicians, music, and parties. Although today is Shrove Tuesday, the official date of Carnevale, Italians like others have been celebrating for weeks.

It’s thought that the Carnival of Venice was started as part of a victory celebration in 1162. Over the years, Carnevale took on various meanings, and was outlawed completely in 1797 under the rule of the King of Austria. In the 19th century, it gradually reappeared and in 1979, the Italian government brought it back as a means of highlighting the history and culture of Venice.

Today, approximately 3 million people attend Carnevale annually. They are awed, not only by Venice’s buildings, bridges, gondolas and canals, but also by the incredible attention to detail that goes into the costumes and pageantry. On the last weekend of Carnevale, a competition is held to determine la maschera più bella  or “the most beautiful mask”. The contest is judged by a panel of international costume and fashion designers, and when you see the incredible artistry, you’ll understand why.

Many thanks to my dear friends Marco and Mario for allowing me to share their amazing photos.

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Mario in Venetian Mask Shop©Blogginginitaly.com

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Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

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Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

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Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

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Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

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Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

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Macro/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

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Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

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Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

Marco/Mario©Blogginginitaly.com

So glad I didn’t have to choose a favorite – tough work for the judges!

Ciao,
Judy

4 Responses to “Shrove Tuesday, Carnevale in Venezia”

  1. Larsen, L R February 9, 2016 at 3:43 PM #

    This was a side of Venice totally unknown to me
    The pictures were the next best thing to being there
    Thank you

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    • blogginginitaly February 9, 2016 at 3:45 PM #

      Thanks, they are amazing and I’m so grateful my friends allowed me to share them.

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  2. jean February 9, 2016 at 4:48 PM #

    I like the Zanni mask shown. My daughter’s husband often goes to costume parties as Medico della peste – The Plague Doctor. The doctors actually wore these beaked masks to put strong smelling flowers and herbs in the beaks to ward off the plague.
    Wonderful, aren’t they?

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    • blogginginitaly February 9, 2016 at 5:24 PM #

      so wonderful, and hard to imagine the amount of patience and work it must take!

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