Venice carnival 2014, Wonder and Fantasy nature

carnevale-a-veneziaAre you a lover of masked balls, renaissance costuming, fine foods, gobs of galas, parading with thousands of people in amazing costumes, or love the history and culture of Venice one of the world’s oldest forms of mask festivals?

Then this year’s celebration of “Wonder and Fantasy “should intrigue you.
For centuries, the Carnival of Venice has been one of the most celebrated historic festivals, and it is still free to attend. The 12 fun filled days of Carnival always begins two Fridays before Ash Wednesday and extends till Fat Tuesday. This year’s dates are: February 14th –March 4th.
Carnivale Di Venezia, festival expression this year is of themes linked to the relationship between humankind and thevenez environment: Fairy tales and nature are the basis of this year’s Carnivale. With the focus on, the valleys, the seas, the woods, the lakes, the rivers and the mysterious vegetable and animal creatures that inhabit these places. Imagine the wackiness of a giant vegetable head or masked fairytale characters in the thousands wandering the festival corridors, or riding in the procession of decorated gondolas filling the Gran Canal.

Or participating in the festival in the most outrageous elaborate or mythological costume and being a part of this grand celebration. What fabulous photos and beautiful memories you would have of these intricate masterful and zany costumers.
The Carnival of Venice has attracted over 3 million festival goers and continues to develop and grow annually. It has a vast selection of activities, to one of the world’s largest programs of social events and ball’s. The list is endless.
San Marco square is where you will see daily parades livened up by talented and multi lingual comedians, highlighting the contests of best costume matching this year’s theme of animal and vegetable fantasy. Where contestants are selected by spectators, who then vote on their favorite and gain the victory la Maschera più Bella! (The most beautiful Mask).
During each parade of masked marauders venturing from San Marco Piazza to the Square you can enjoy clowning, colorful dancing, joyful music, tons of street theatre shows that are going on in the square, and can be viewed from afar. Also in the square you can enjoy lunch to music, or dance acts, and entertainment.  Then for traditional treats, you will find jousts and mock military tournaments.  Other great countless offerings are musical evenings and cultural literary events. On the final day, the carnival ends with a silent parade in the Gran canal lit only by candles. This fairy tale world is filled with the fragrances and the flavors of foreigners giving it the image of myths, fantasy, and monsters, mixing human and animal, fruits and vegetables anything the human mind can imagine or invent in a mask. Masks can vary from simple gold leaf gems and feathers, to costumes exquisitely detailed by creative artisans at a fine price. DO NOT MISS THIS! It is an adventure in Fantasy, fun a life experience to remember and share.

2014 Carnival highlights:
Friday 14th February: Prologue, Valentine’s Day
Saturday 15th February: Opening of the Venetian Festival with a show, Cannaregio
Sunday 16th February: Boat pageant – Grand Canal – Cannaregio
Sunday 23rd February: Flight of the Angel
Saturday 1st March: Float parade, Marghera
Sunday 2nd March: Flight of the Eagle and Flight of the Donkey, Mestre
Monday 3rd March: Carnival Culture Night
Tuesday 4th March: Flight of the Lion, Silent Water Parade, the Great Fire
From 22nd February to 4th March: Best Masked Costume contest and musical evenings