Venice – From Saturday 15th to Tuesday 25th February St. Mark’s Square, the heart of the city, is transformed into a great stage, a place of playful meetings and parades of love, masks and crazy shows, making the public experience an immersion in the magic and colors of the carnival, this year with the Artistic Direction of Massimo Checchetto… General Conduction: Pantakin Theatre Company with the participation of Prince Maurice
Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd February will not miss the traditional flights from the Bell Tower of St. Mark’s Square: the Flight of the Angel Linda Pani (Mary of Carnival 2019) and the Flight of the Eagle.
Saturday, February 15th on the stage of St. Mark’s Square will be presented the 12 Marys selected for the 2020 edition, the Ballad with the cut of the head of the bull will be the protagonist on Thursday “grasso” February 20th and Gentlemen of the Night will put order in the ancient fights between Nicolotti and Castellani on Friday “grasso” February 21st.
The masks will compete daily for the scepter of the most beautiful mask, parading on stage with the election of the most beautiful mask of Carnival 2020 Sunday, February 23 from 14.30.
The Carnival of St. Mark’s Square ends on Tuesday, February 25 with the traditional Svolo del Leon.
“Festa delle Marie”
The traditional “Festa delle Marie” departs from San Piero di Castello at about 2.30 p.m., will walk along Via Garibaldi and Riva degli Schiavoni in a spectacular procession, and will arrive on the stage of St. Mark’s Square at about 4.00 p.m., where the official presentation of the Carnival to the public will take place.
It celebrates the homage that the Doge brought annually to twelve beautiful and humble Venetian maidens, giving them munificently for marriage with the Doge’s jewels.
The Festival, a unique moment to admire the traditional Venetian costumes, runs over several days until the proclamation of the Mary of Carnival. It opens on Saturday 15th February, with the procession of the twelve Venetian girls selected in the previous weeks.
The parade is accompanied by the historical groups in costume of the C.E.R.S. and the associations Amici del Carnevale di Venezia, Associazione Internazionale per il Carnevale di Venezia, Associazione Dame e Cavalieri.
The Marie’s contest is organized by the Association “Venezia è… (Storia arte cultura)”.
The flight of the Angel
The exciting flight of the Carnival Angel officially opens the Carnival celebrations in St. Mark’s Square. Welcomed in the crowded parterre from the groups of historical re-enactments in costume, will release the tension of the flight in the embrace of the Doge and the public, thrilled by the spectacular show that always celebrates, even on national and international networks, the Carnival of Venice.
As tradition has it by now, will be the winning Maria of the Carnival 2019 Linda Pani to dress the role of the new Angel.
The event will be preceded by the Procession of the Doge by C.E.R.S. – Consorzio Europeo Rievocazioni Storiche, with the participation of the Ass. Internazionale per il Carnevale di Venezia, Ass. Amici del Carnevale di Venezia, the Historical Group “Le Maschere di Mario del ‘700 veneziano” and Ass. Dame e Cavalieri.
The dress was made by the Atelier Stefano Nicolao, the Hairstylist “Monika e Umberto”- Mercerie S. Salvador Trucco by Francesca Chiozzotto for “Monika e Umberto”.