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    The Carnival of Venice 2024 (Carnevale di Venezia 2024) will take place between Saturday, January 27, and Tuesday, February 13, 2024, in the beautiful city of Venice.

     

    WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR THE CARNIVAL OF VENICE 2024?

    Carnival of Venice 2024The Venice Carnival is an annual festival held in Venice, which starts 19 days before Lent and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

    Traditionally, the most important days of the Carnival are Fat Thursday (the last Thursday before Lent), and Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday).

    However, the greatest influx of tourists will be certainly recorded during the weekends of the festival.

    During the Carnival of Venice 2024, Fat Thursday will fall on February 8, and Shrove Tuesday on February 13.

     

    WHAT IS THE LOCATION OF THE VENICE CARNIVAL 2024?

    The Venice Carnival 2024 will take place, of course, in Venice, but through Venice we understand both the main island, the other islands of the Venetian Lagoon, such as Murano, Burano and Lido, but also the continental part of the city, represented by Mestre and Marghera.

    Although the main events of the Carnival of Venice 2024 will take place in the historical center of Venice, represented by the main island, certain events will be held in Mestre and Marghera, or on the other islands of the Venetian Lagoon.

     

    SHORT HISTORY OF THE CARNIVAL OF VENICE

    Venice Carnival 2024The first information about a carnival in Venice dates back to 1094, when the word carnevale was mentioned for the first time in a document signed by Doge Vitale Faliero.

    Back then, the carnival was an event dedicated in particular to people from the lower classes, who, through the anonymity guaranteed by masks, could relate with the nobility of the time.

    The first official document declaring the Venice Carnival a public holiday dates back to 1296, when the Senate of the Venetian Republic set it before Lent.

    Starting with 1296, for the next few centuries, the Carnival lasted six weeks, usually between December 26 and Ash Wednesday.

    The Venice Carnival gave everyone the opportunity to hide their identity under a costume and this inevitably led to some excesses.

    On February 22, 1339, circulating masked around the city after nightfall was banned.

    With a special decree of January 24, 1458, masked entry into sacred places was also prohibited, and later the ban on masked prostitution was established as well.

    Starting with 1703, it was also forbidden to go masked to casinos and gambling houses.

    During the 18th century, the Carnival reached its maximum splendor and international recognition, becoming famous throughout Europe, and Venice a destination that attracted thousands of visitors.

    Carnival of Venice 2024Starting with 1797, when Napoleon invaded northern Italy, and later, during the subsequent Austrian occupation, the tradition was interrupted for fear of rebellion.

    Only on the islands of the Venice Lagoon, in particular Murano and Burano, the Carnival was held, though in a more subtle manner.

    In 1979, the centuries-old tradition of the Carnival of Venice was officially reborn, thanks to the initiative of some citizen associations and the economic contribution of the Municipality of Venice.

    The individual annual editions of the modern Venetian Carnival were often dedicated to a basic theme. Some editions were characterized by pairings with other Italian and European cities, thus providing a further involvement of the event at an international level.

    The theme of the Carnival of Venice 2023 was Take your time for the Original Signs, which focused on the origin of the signs of the Zodiac and the symbols of earth, water, fire and air.

     

    CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THE CARNIVAL OF VENICE 2024

    Starting with the first edition of the current Carnival of Venice, in 1979, a program of events and a detailed calendar was established.

    Unlike the Venetian Carnival of the past, which had an official duration of six weeks, the modern one takes place for only 18 days in a row, but is full of individual events.

    In addition to the official events, various private parties and masked balls are organized in the beautiful Venetian palaces.

    Venice Carnival 2024In these venues, due to the almost unchanged furnishings and atmosphere, it is possible to relive the ancient splendors of the Venetian Carnival of the past.

    As usual, the highlights of the Carnival of Venice 2024 will be:

    • Saturday, January 27 – The Opening Parade of the Venice Carnival 2024, along the Grand Canal;
    • Sunday, January 28 – The Traditional Parade of the typical Venetian boats along the Grand Canal;
    • Saturday, February 3 – Festa delle Marie, in Piazza San Marco;
    • Flight of the Angel (Volo dell’Angelo), in Piazza San Marco;
    • Flight of the Eagle (Volo dell’Aquila), in Piazza San Marco;
    • Best Mask Contest, the Grand Final, in Piazza San Marco;
    • The Official Dinner Show and Ball of the Venice Carnival 2024.

     

    PHOTOS FROM THE PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF THE VENICE CARNIVAL

    If you are passionate about photography, and you love Venetian masks, costumes, and the entire carnival culture, you can find photos from the previous editions of the Venice Carnival on our blog, at the following links:

    Carnival of Venice 2018 | Carnival of Venice 2020 | Carnival of Venice 2023

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