A costumed reveller walks in St Mark’s Square after the launch of the 2016 Venice Carnival. Photo: AFP A costumed reveller walks in St Mark’s Square after the launch of the 2016 Venice Carnival. Photo: AFP
A costumed reveller walks in St Mark’s Square after the launch of the 2016 Venice Carnival. Photo: AFP

How did Italy’s Venice Carnival start – and why all the scary masks?

Carnival in Venice, Italy, is often linked to funny and terrifying masks, along with pageantry, allegorical wagons, dancers and extravagant costumes

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A costumed reveller walks in St Mark’s Square after the launch of the 2016 Venice Carnival. Photo: AFP A costumed reveller walks in St Mark’s Square after the launch of the 2016 Venice Carnival. Photo: AFP
A costumed reveller walks in St Mark’s Square after the launch of the 2016 Venice Carnival. Photo: AFP
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