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The Water Parade

The Water Parade opens the Carnival of Venice 2020 and includes tours and Venetian specialties with an outstanding evening show with music to enjoy along the Cannaregio shores.

9th February

Festa delle Marie

This traditional parade will begin at San Pietro Catello at 2.30pm and continue along via Garibaldi and Riva degli Schiavoni, finally reaching San Marco at 4pm where the twelve Marias will be presented to the crowd. The Festa delle Marie is an opportunity to admire the traditional Venetian costumes.

15th February

Flight of the Angel

One of the highlights of the carnival, the Flight of the Angel is an event where the girl who was chosen the previous year as the Maria of the carnival flies along from a cable from Saint Mark’s Campanile to the centre of the square

16th February

The Eagle’s Flight

Since 2012 due to the increasing popularity of the Flight of the Angel, another spectacular flight has been introduced which takes place the following Sunday of the carnival also in St Mark’s square.

23rd February

Best Mask Contest

The completion takes place between the 20th and the 22nd with the grand final on Sunday 23rd when the winners will be announced.

23rd February

Best Mask Contest – Children

The children’s edition sees the competitors parade on stage in St. Mark’s Square dressed in their costumes, masks, wigs, feathers and caps.

24th February

Maria del Carnivale

The crowned Maria from the previous year will be staged in San Marco Square awaiting the new one who will arrive by boat from San Giovanni dell’Orio. The crowning takes places at 4pm

25th February

Svolo del Leon

A celebration of the highest tribute to the city, the flight of the Lion of San Marco. A lion on a large canvas is flown up to the bell tower over the square. The twelve young ‘Marie’ from Venezia greet the flag in this emotional finale to the festival.

25th February


In addition to the carnival there is always music to be heard in Venice, Opera in particular.
G. Bizet’s Carmen begins a run in March.

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