Festa delle Marie – The Parade
The traditional “Festa delle Marie” will start at San Pietro di Castello at 2.30 pm, will parade all along via Garibaldi and Riva degli Schiavoni and it will reach San Marco stage at 4.00 pm, where the twelve “Marias” will be introduced to the crowd waiting for them.
It evokes the homage that the Venetian Doge offered every year to twelve beautiful but humble venetian girls, offering them magnificent jewels as a bridal dowry.
The “Festa delle Marie” is articulated in different days and it is the opportunity to admire the traditional venetian period costumes. The event will be inaugurated Saturday 23th of February, with the parade of the twelve girls selected in the previous weeks.
The walking parade, escorted by the historical groups of C.E.R.S. and the Venice Carnival groups (Ass. Amici del Carnevale di Venezia, Ass. Internazionale per il Carnevale di Venezia and Ass. Dame e Cavalieri).
Host and Master of Ceremony: Maurice Agosti.
The event is organized by the Associazione “Venezia è… (Storia arte cultura)”.
Ideated by Bruno Tosi.
Historical groups and parade by C.E.R.S. – Consorzio Europeo Rievocazioni Storiche
Marie Costumes realized by Atelier Pietro Longhi with fabrics by Rubelli