Carnival came a-calling at The Venetian Macau, with Mardi-Gras-style glitz and glamour

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2012, 12:00am


The annual Venetian Carnival began last Friday at The Venetian Macau. This year's theme was New Orleans Mardi Gras and the three-day event opened with a traditional Mardi Gras parade, complete with blaring trumpets and scantily clad dancers in glitter and feathers.

This year, the festivities included Asia's most lucrative jazz and blues battle of the bands, judged by an all-star panel: Matt Coyte, editor-in-chief of Rolling Stone Australia, ubiquitous Hong Kong celebrity Michael Wong Man-tak and American Idol finalist Vonzell Solomon. At the end of the three-day battle the glory and the HK$250,000 prize went to American band The Main Squeeze.

For many, the highlight of the day was a chance to see American jazz great George Benson, who was playing at the Venetian at the end of his Asian tour and lent a hand to get things started in style.

Although he had been to Asia before, this was Benson's first trip to Macau, and it appeared he was truly blown away.

'Spectacular! Super spectacular! I've never seen anything quite this extensive before. You could play football and baseball in any one of these casinos,' said Benson.