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Carnival of Venice: A parade on the gondolas

Updated : 2019-02-19 11:36:42

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 travelers over the world.

The opening ceremony saw a large moon balloon carrying a caravel, a small sailing ship dating back to the 15th century.

An artist performs during the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. The Venice carnival in the historical lagoon city attracts people from around the world. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
An artist performs during the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. The Venice carnival in the historical lagoon city attracts people from around the world. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A performer participates in the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A performer participates in the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A performer participates in the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A performer participates in the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A performer dances in the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A performer dances in the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A performer participates in the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A performer participates in the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
People attend the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
People attend the opening show of the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A boat sails during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A boat sails during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked men sail on a boat during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked men sail on a boat during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked people stand on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked people stand on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A masked man stands on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A masked man stands on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked people stand on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked people stand on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked people stand on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked people stand on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A masked woman checks her smartphone as she sits on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A masked woman checks her smartphone as she sits on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A woman takes a photo with her phone from aboard a ferry during a water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A woman takes a photo with her phone from aboard a ferry during a water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked women look from a window during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked women look from a window during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked women stand on a balcony during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked women stand on a balcony during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Boats sail during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A masked woman stands on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A masked woman stands on a gondola during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Balloons are released from a boat during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Balloons are released from a boat during the water parade, part of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, February 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked people stand on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked people stand on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked people stand on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Masked people stand on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A masked man stands on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A masked man stands on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A masked man sails on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A masked man sails on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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