All About Venice Carnival 2020

All About Venice Carnival 2020

Venice a European city is a complete blend of romance and grace. It is not only beautiful by nature but also with the epic history and Venice carnival is also one of the gems of Italy. Here’s all about Venice Carnival 2020 summed up for you to attend this extravaganza.

Venice is a magical city at any time of year, it is particularly extraordinary during the Venice Carnival. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy the spectacle and mood of the Carnival of Venice, but to enjoy this carnival to fullest, make sure you plan your trip to Venice with LPO Holidays.

What Is Venice Carnival? 

The representations and display of the carnival are hard to ignore. The Venice Carnival began in 1162 in celebration of the Venice Republic’s victory over its enemy.

The people of Venice gathered in Saint Mark’s Square to dance and celebrate their victory. Ever since then, the triumph was celebrated in the streets of Venice. Actually, It’s just one other reason to have a lot of fun!

ladies wearing Carnival Costumes

Few Words Of History 

The origins of the Venice Carnival goes back to 1162. Venice celebrated the victory against the Patriarch of Aquileia. Since then, the carnival has appeared and disappeared, and the festival and the use of masks even became strictly forbidden in 1797 under the rule of the King of Austria. It re-entered in the 19th century, but only for short periods and mainly for private parties.

It was only since 1979 that the Venice Carnival organized spectacularly as it like today’s. In 1979, the government and some Venetian associations decided to revive the history and culture of Venice. So now Venice Carnival is majestically celebrated every year.

venice carnival night time parade

The Venice Carnival 2020

The Venice Carnival 2020 will be held from 08 February to 25 February. The most interesting events are usually held on weekends at San Marco Square. The theme of the carnival of 2020 is “Il Gioco, l’amore e la Follia” can be translated as “Game, love, and madness”

Carnival is the most famous event in Venice. Travelers from around the world gather into the city to experience this extravaganza. So it is a busy time of the year in Venice.

The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday,  and the day before Ash Wednesday.

 

Venice carnival parade in canal

The Masks and Costumes

It is difficult to present the Venice carnival without discussing the famous masks. During the total duration of the carnival, people are allowed to wear masks and everyone mingled with one another without worrying about anything. At the time, the Venice Carnival was a lifestyle on its own, a state of mind. Today, the carnival is not exactly as socially usual as it use to be, but the mood of celebration is growing year by year.

Costumes of the carnival lit up the event. You can buy or rent the carnival costumes which are colorful and graceful. Stunning costumes makes you part of a celebration even if you are an outsider. 

The most popular Venice carnival masks are mainly from the Commedia dell’arte which is Italian popular theatre. The most popular ones can be listed as  Harlequin, Pantalone, Pulcinella, Brighella, Colombina or Scaramuccia and Pierrot. Masks are the most fun element of the event so pick a mask and let’s travel to Venice Carnival with LPO Holidays.

Venice carnival masks and costumes

The Venice Carnival 2020 dates and Events 

venice carnival Event

Saturday, 8th February 2020

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm Venice Carnival Opening Ceremony 2020. Venice Carnival opens with the traditional Venetian Water Festival @ Rio de Cannaregio.

Sunday, 9th February 2020

  • 10:30pm – 1:00pm Water Parade departs Dogana da Mar in front of la Madonna Della Salute Church and will arrive at the Tre Archi Bridge on Cannaregio Canal, 30 minutes later.

Saturday, 15th February 2020

  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm The Festa Delle Marie: Beginning at San Pietro di Castello Church and continues to Saint-Mark Square
  • 4:30pm- 6:30pm Mestre Carnival Street Show @ Piazza Ferretto.
  • 9:00pm – 2:00am Official Carnival Dinner and Ball 2020 in Love @ Cannaregio

Sunday, 16th February 2020

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Daily Contest @ Saint-Mark Square
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm The Flight of the Angel will occur from Saint-Mark Square Bell Tower
  • Mestre Carnival Street Show @ Piazza Ferretto.

Monday 17th February 2020

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Daily Contest @ Saint-Mark Square

Tuesday, 18th February 2020

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Daily Contest @ Saint-Mark Square

Wednesday, 19th February 2020

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Daily Contest @ Saint-Mark Square

Fat Thursday, 20th February 2020

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Grand Final Qualifiers @ Saint-Mark Square
  • 3:00 pm & 5:00pm Ballata Delle Maschere con Il Taglio Della Testa al Toro
  • 3:00pm – 10:00pm Burano’s Carnival on Burano Island.
  • The Re-enactment of the Victory of doge Vitale Michiel II over the patriarch Ulrico of Aquileia & 12 rebel feudatories
  • 9:00pm – 2:00am Official Carnival Dinner and Ball 2020 in Love @ Cannaregio

Friday, 21st February 2020

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Grand Final Qualifiers @ Saint-Mark Square
  • 3:00 pm & 5:00pm Nicolotti e Castellani @ San Marco square
  • 8:00pm The Santa Chiara Glass Slippers Masquerade Ball at Venice Carnival “A Carnival Fairy Tale” 3° edition

Saturday, 22nd February 2020

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Grand Final Qualifiers @ Saint-Mark Square
  • 3:00 pm & 5:00pm Marghera cart parade in Piazza Mercato
  • 3:00pm & 5:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Grand Final Qualifiers @ Saint-Mark Square
  • 9:00pm – 2:00am Official Carnival Dinner and Ball 2020 in Love @ Cannaregio

Sunday, 23rd February 2020

  • 12:00 – 1:00pm Eagle Flight @ Saint-Mark Square Bell Tower
  • 11:30am – 1:00pm The Donkey’s Flight from the Tower in Piazza Ferrett
  • 2:30pm The Grand Final Masked Costume Contest Award Ceremony @ Saint-Mark Square.
  • 2:20pm Regata Sprint di Carnevale @ Ca’ Vendramin Calergi and ends at Rialto
  • 3:00pm- 5:00pm – Carnevale Campaltino
  • 9:00pm – 2:00am Official Carnival Dinner and Ball 2020 in Love @ Cannaregio

Monday, 24th February 2020

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Daily Contest @ Saint-Mark Square
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm Children’s Best Masked Costume Contest Award Ceremony @ Saint-Mark Square.
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Daily Contest @ Saint-Mark Square
  • 9:00pm – 2:00am Official Carnival Dinner and Ball 2020 in Love @ Cannaregio

Shrove Tuesday, 25th February 2020

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Daily Contest @ Saint-Mark Square
  • 2:45pm 53rd Edition of the Children’s Carnival of Zelarino @ streets of Zelarino
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm The Best Masked Contest – Daily Contest @ Saint-Mark Square
  • 4:00pm The Festa Delle Marie 2020 Award Ceremony @ Saint-Mark Square.
  • 5:00pm Lion Flight from Saint-Mark Square Bell Tower
  • 9:00pm – 2:00am Official Carnival Dinner and Ball 2020 in Love @ Cannaregio

 

 Things To Do 

people in Venice Carnival

  • Stroll through the Piazza San Marco square, take a look at beautiful people in carnival costumes. Take as many pictures as you can with them.
  • Buy a mask from a merchant on the street and join the participants of the carnival, walk along the canals and stroll through the streets of the city. Enjoy the most beautiful places in Venice.
  • Also, you can buy or rent a real Venetian carnival costume in one of the studios and become a participant in the carnival. Become a part of this beautiful city and colorful carnival.
  • Buy a ticket to a costume party dinner and enjoy the culture, old music and Venetian cuisine.
  • Take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. Gondoliers can be found at berths in many places in the city. Book a classic gondola ride or Grand Canal boat tour.

The Venice carnival is waiting for you! So, don’t miss this bundle of fun events and pretty costumes. Book your costumes, gondola rides and travel to Venice with LPO Holidays in style.

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