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Masked people stand on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice. he Venice carnival in the historical lagoon city attracts people from around the world. (Image: AP)

Venice Carnival Kicks Off With Spectacular Gandola Parade

The Italian city of Venice kicked off its carnival season with the traditional opening of a water parade in the Cannaregio Canal and will continue till the weeks leading up to the Roman Catholic period of Lent. The moon-themed floating parade started on February 16 and will continue till March 5 which will see a variety of acrobatics, dances and fire performances onboard small boats and rafts. The parade showcased a story of a journey from Venice to the moon, paying homage to dreamers and travellers over the world. The opening ceremony saw a large moon balloon carrying a caravel, a small sailing ship dating back to the 15th century. Take a look at carnival pictures...