The inauguration of the Gran Teatro in the Piazza took place this morning. The crowd gradually grew, and more and more costumed, masked Carnevale celebrants began to appear.
Vin brule was going to be a popular drink today, and these ladies were making a start on a batch.
I walked down to the far end of Via Garibaldi, in Castello, to wait for the procession of the Marias. This has its roots far back in Venetian history, and each year, 12 Venetian girls are chosen to represent 12 brides who were abducted by pirates. The 12 girls are seated on platforms and carried for the latter part of the parade.
I noticed this lady watching from her home. Was she remembering when she was young, like the Marias? She must have seen many of these processions pass her window.
The procession finishes in the Piazza. There was a lively musical group from Milano waiting for its arrival. Although I was tempted by the offer of some red wine, I had my reservations about the receptacle this happy gent was using! I remembered it from nursing days …
To help us get into Carnevale mood, the winter sun was trying to make an appearance for us.
My camera battery died about then. I think the cold air drains it more quickly.