Day 2 of Venice Carnival started with aqua alta, high water, and flooding in some parts of the city including the Rialto, St Mark’s and Cannareggio. Not ideal for spectators. But fortunately it didn’t subdue this morning’s celebrations as they were taking place on the water anyway with a masked water parade kicking off the day.
The continuation of last night’s Festa Veneziana saw a regatta of gondole, dragon boats and barges set off from Punta della Dogana in St Mark’s Basin around 11.15am to row slowly up the Grand Canal.
Headed by a red-eyed rat, a tongue-in-cheek emblem for the city that allegedly has 6 rats for every resident (eugh!), the flotilla paddled, sculled and rowed their way past the Accademia museum under the Rialto Bridge crowded with spectators and on towards the Rio di Cannaregio.
And as the rowers propelled their craft on, a solo singer sang a love song to the city, Viva Venezia, accompanied by a guitarist.
The rowers replied with a traditional Venetian salute by raising their oars – “Alzate i vostri remi!”
And the masked crews rowed on up to Cannaregio where local food and wine awaited to keep the party rolling throughout the day.
Meanwhile back at Punta della Dogana, there was a piano concert with a difference as the pianist and his instrument were suspended above the water! Sadly I didn’t get to see it but here’s a photo thanks to someone who did!
That’s it for today but don’t forget to check back with DreamDiscoverItalia over the next few days for more updates, information on upcoming carnival events and much, much more! Don’t forget to leave me a comment to tell me what you think to carnival so far. Ciao for now!
Carnevale 2015 in Venice runs from Saturday 31st January to Tuesday 17th February 2015. (Dates will differ from year to year depending on when Lent and Easter fall so check calendars before you plan travel.)
The official website is: http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/en/events-list/
!!!Carnevale 2016 in Venice runs from Saturday 23rd January to 9th February 2016!!!
Venice Carnival 2015: Program of the main events
Saturday 31st January – 6pm Opening of the Carnival with the first showing of “The Magic Banquet – A Gourmet’s fairytale in Venice” water show along the Rio of Cannaregio with an encore at 8pm
Sunday 1st February – 11am Boat procession along the Grand Canal from Punta della Dogana to the Rio di Cannaregio. Organised by the Associazioni Remiere di Voga alla Veneta in partnership with Associazione Esercenti Pubblici Esercizi (AEPE) and Coordinamento Associazioni Remiere di Voga alla Veneta.
Sunday 1st February – Piano concert at Punta della Dogana. This guys often performs outside from concert halls in the street for free. For this concert, though, his piano is suspended above water!
Saturday 7th February – Carnival Parade of Marie, inauguration of the Gran Theatre of St Mark’s Square, inauguration of the parties at the Arsenale
Sunday 8th February – Flight of the Angel
Tuesday 17th February – Flight of the Lion, proclamation of the Mary of Carnival 2015.
In addition, the carnival program includes the “Most beautiful mask competition” and touring shows in St Mark’s Square during the day and musical events at the Arsenale every night from Saturday 7th to Tuesday 17th February.
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