1 1 1 1 Venice Carnival 2017: the main events in the city The "Creatum-Vanity (Af)fair" is the theme of the 2017 Venetian Carnival, running from the 11 till 28 February 2017.

The Venetian feast on the water inaugurates the Carnival: on 11 February at 6p.m. and at 8p.m. the Cannaregio canal is transformed into a floating stage with fantastic character and a magic atmosphere.

On 12 February from 11 a.m onwards the typical Carnival sweets "fritole" and "galani" can be enjoyed in the Cannaregio area while waiting for the passage of the water procession of the Association of Venetian Rowers.

On 18 February in Saint Mark Square at 12p.m. the Most Beautiful Mask Contest opens: the contest will proceed the following days. At 14.30 the cortège of the "Marie" will start from Via Garibaldi and will arrive at 4p.m. in the Square, where the twelve young ladies will be presented. Only one of them will be selected to become the "Maria" who will "fly" from the towerbell down to the Piazza the following year. Last year winner, Claudia Marchiori, will take the "dive" on 19 February at 12 p.m (midday).

From 18 February Saint Mark's Square will remain open to the public until 8 p.m. where aperitif time starts. The set designer is Massimo Cecchetto of La Fenice Theater.

  The Arsenale is the place to be for night fun, with music and djset while at the Casinò, from 18 to 28 February dinner shows will combine the feast with the food.

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