Horses and carriages at the Villa Manin in Passariano/Codroipo in Friuli/Italy

  Celebrating the Carnival in Venice 2019​​
Traditional, classy, festive and very colorful

Venice/Italy (2019) – Thinking about visiting the beautiful Venice and maybe at the same time experiencing the famous Carnevale di Venezia, being part of the true celebration of one of the oldest traditions in the lagoon city? Forget about it! Except you don't mind diving into big crowds made out of thousands of people in narrow streets and alleys and 10 times more on open squares. If terribly long lines and horrendous waiting times everywhere in the entire city won't bother you and you're not afraid to squeeze yourself through the masses and be squeezed at all times to celebrate with the locals and guests from all over the world in the most stylish and colorful way the feast of the feasts in La Serenissima, then go ahead make plans and reservations. But don't hesitate, do it fast, because there is only so much space for so many people in the city and it wouldn't be the first time that Venice closed its doors for guests during carnival season.
 
This year the Carnival in Venice was celebrated in La Serenissima from mid-February to the 5th of March. The event calendar was richer than ever and Venetians started early this year showing off their old traditional masks and robes in the streets, alleys and squares. The Carnevale di Venezia is like a magnet, especially for a photographer and as soon as the first mask walks the alleys of Venice, thousands of people pour into the city and more to come in the days to follow. I have been at this dance numerous times already and even though I have suffered for many reasons and sworn to myself I would never ever come back for this event, every year I again play with the idea to do it all over again, for a few shots only – of course. The Carnival in Venice is like a damned drug, once you've been there, you're infected and you have to go and see it again and again.
 
After resisting in 2018, I just had to go this year again. But instead to dive into the Fat Tuesday spectacle as I always did in the past, on the last day of the carnival, I played it a bit smarter this year and went on the Thursday before for the Ballad of the Masks, the procession and the second stage of the competition for the best carnival costume and best carnival mask at Saint Marcus Square. My reward was an easier entry and exit into and out of the city, a bit more space around me at
almost all time, easier access to the fascinating Venetian masks and not too many bothering and
unwanted body parts of other visitors in my shots. Well, look for yourself, check out the gallery and enjoy the Carnival of Venice 2019 the way I experienced and saw it this year!

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