They’re playing “A Carnival in Venice” on the radio, just to set the scene.
They’re working frantically on the Gran Teatro in Piazza San Marco, to have it ready for the big opening ceremony tomorrow (Saturday), at 11 am. The sound system works, I can tell you that from first hand experience! The big TV screen should be popular with those of us who will be watching from the crowded Piazza. Those lights on the boxes will look very attractive at night-time. They are putting out low tables and benches in the space in front of the Teatro, the ticket office is set to go, and so is the Gran Cafe.
Campo San Stefano looks a bit different today. A semi-circle of tents has sprung up around Sig. Tommaseo (el cagalibri). He looks somewhat bemused by what is happening. Well, actually, he always looks that way, come to think of it.
Tomorrow, if you were so inclined, you could come to one of these tents to have your special Carnevale makeup applied by experts. It might be fun to come and watch the process and results.
Each tent displays one or more of the many popular characters you might see at Carnevale time.
It’s still very cold here, but despite that:
You really should be here!
PS This is a good webcam link to get some snapshot views of what is happening around San Marco: http://www.comune.venezia.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/42385