Venice Carnival 2012: Masked Revelers Are Back at St. Mark’s Square

Masked revelers in colorful makeovers thronged to the Venetian streets and the city’s St. Mark’s Square as a preview of the Venice Carnival 2012 was held Feb. 4 and 5 in Venice, Italy.

The 2012 Venice Carnival will happen from Feb. 11 to 21, according to the festival’s official site. The annual festival, that starts every year 40 days before Easter, attracts thousands and thousands of visitors turning up to Venice each day for Carnivals. Masks are a key feature of the festival and signify a common identity among the classes. Many events are in store for this year’s festival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

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