Venice Carnival returns to former grandeur after three years of scaled-back events

By Euronews  with AP  •  Updated: 05/02/2023

The opening show of the world-famous Venice Carnival kicked off on Saturday night as performers took to brightly lit floats and gondolas for the 'Original Dreamers' parade.

After three years of scaled-back events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of visitors have travelled to the Queen of the Adriatic for the beloved festival.

Spectators lined the banks and bridges of the Grand Canal on Friday to catch a glimpse of the colourful displays, flashing lights and masked dancers aboard dozens of floating barges.