Huge crowds have gathered in Saint Mark’s Square in Venice (February 19) to witness one of the Italian city’s carnival highlights – ‘The Flight of the Angel’.

The event includes a beauty pageant winner, dressed in carnival costume, descending from the bell tower of Saint Mark’s Basilica. During the eighteen days of carnival, the city fills with thousands of tourists from across Italy and the world.

The theme of the 2017 edition of the Venice Carnival is “CREATUM Vanity (af) fair”. The carnival runs from February 11 to February 28.

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