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Carnevale in Italia

What is Carnevale you ask? Think of Mardi Gras without the boobs or beads (reward for the boobs). Every year it is celebrated in February about 40 days before the Easter holiday. Since it is such a HUGE celebration, the streets are always packed, sometimes it is extremely annoying! Men and women are dressed in amazingly gorgeous costumes, some quite detailed and others simple but breath taking. Everyone wears a mask and if you show up without one then you're gonna need to buy one ASAP. Unfortunately the only large Carnevale celebration that I've been to is in Venice, which is still wonderful. But I would like to make it a little south to Tuscany for one of the biggest! 

I regret that I wasn't able to make it this year, but here's a few photos that I took last time. I forgot to mention that everyone in costume plays the part with seriousness.

Their costumes were very heavy

Their passion was portrayed so well

I named them Hanzel & Grettel

I fell in love with the head piece

Not sure why, but this one kind of creeps me out...lol

I would post 500 pictures of Carnevale if I could! Every year it still makes me speechless (a very difficult thing to do) and the creativeness is overwhelming at times. If you ever get a chance, I recommend going. Maybe not to Venice for the celebration but anywhere in Italy. I hear that Germany has some pretty awesome Carnevale parties/celebrations as well...sure they have more beer though...lol.

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