The Carnival of Venice is held each year in Venice, Italy in the month of February. It lasts until forty days before Easter, also known as Martedi Grasso.
Although the modern event is being held since 1979, it is said that the Carnival of Venice came to be after a victory of the Venice Republic warring against the Patriarch of Aquileia in the 12th century. The festival started after people started to gather and dance at the historic San Marco square in Venice.
The festival is known for its elaborate masks, costumes and parades.