Offbeat Venice Carnival takes wing with 'flight of the angel'

15:24  05 february  2018
15:24  05 february  2018 Source:   afp.com

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VENICE , Feb 5 — Twenty thousand revellers, wearing masks and colourful period costumes, packed into St Mark’s Square yesterday for the “ flight of the angel ” marking the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice .

Tourists and Venetians alike, the spectators looked on as 19-year-old student Elisa Constantini leapt from the famous St Mark's Campanile bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres (265 feet) above the ground. The " angel " threw confetti at the crowd below, in a highlight of one of the world.

Elisa Constantini takes to the air in the 'flight of the angels', a highlight of the Venice Carnival© Provided by AFP Elisa Constantini takes to the air in the 'flight of the angels', a highlight of the Venice Carnival Twenty thousand revellers, wearing masks and colourful period costumes, packed into St Mark's Square on Sunday for the "flight of the angel" marking the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice.

Tourists and Venetians alike, the spectators looked on as 19-year-old student Elisa Constantini leapt from the famous St Mark's Campanile bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres (265 feet) above the ground.

Traditional carnival costumes graced Saint Mark Square© Provided by AFP Traditional carnival costumes graced Saint Mark Square The "angel" threw confetti at the crowd below, in a highlight of one of the world's most celebrated carnivals.

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VENICE (AFP) – Twenty thousand revelers, wearing masks and colorful period costumes, packed into St Mark’s Square on Sunday for the “ flight of the angel ” marking the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice .

Tourists and Venetians alike, the spectators looked on as 19-year-old student Elisa Constantini leapt from the famous St Mark's Campanile bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres (265 feet) above the ground. The " angel " threw confetti at the crowd below, in a highlight of one of the world.

"It's like we're going back in time," enthused Susie, from Verona in northern Italy, who had come to watch the spectacle.

Costumed revellers stroll past some of the famous Venice gondolas during the Carnival celebrations© Provided by AFP Costumed revellers stroll past some of the famous Venice gondolas during the Carnival celebrations But modern-day concerns were evident in the high security put on for the event.

"It's normal, these measures," said Chinese tourist Xu Hong. "You have to have them. That doesn't take away from the beauty, the magic of this event".

The carnival, which will end on February 13, is thought to have started in 1162 after a military victory. Abandoned for decades, it was revived in 1980.

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