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Venice Carnival begins in style

It is carnival time in Venice – and for flamboyant dressers, it is heaven on earth!

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It is carnival time in Venice – and for flamboyant dressers, it is heaven on earth!

Wigged, costumed and masked, visitors from all over the world have come to celebrate a centuries-old tradition in one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

For many, it is a time to forget global and personal tensions, and take a breath of fresh air.



“We have come to have fun, to experience some joy in this particular moment,” said carnival-goer Mauro Liotto.

“It is only right to let oneself go!”

When nightfall came on Saturday, a spectacular water show on the canals of Venice got the festivities officially underway.



Revived over recent decades and now held amid tight security, this year’s extravaganza continues until February 28.