The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival. It starts about ten days before Ash Wednesday and concludes on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). It is one of the most charming and ancient Venetian feasts. Carnival started in the 10th century. During the 18th century it declined and was revived in 1979. Today it’s a celebration attended by thousands. Carnival is a time for music, parties, theater, games, magic and more. The streets of Venice during Carnival are crowded with people wearing Venetian masks and costumes. In St. Mark’s square there are street-artists and singers that entertain constantly. There are also private parties and balls in hotels. The Venice Carnival is a wonderful experience and a true adventure.