11 FEBRUARY, 6.00 pm - The Festa Veneziana-Part 1, Rio di Cannaregio: Grand Opening of the 2017 Venice Carnival, starting at 18:00 in Rio di Cannaregio. The huge “Festa veneziana” that opens, as usual, the Carnival, doubles, offering a double appointment to the guests of Venice
11 February, 2.00 pm - Venice Zombie Walk 2017, Riva delle Zattere in San Basilio: Dress like a Zombie or a survivor and join the parade from San Basilio to Campo Santi Apostoli. Special prizes for the best Costume and make-up!
12 FEBRUARY, 11.00 am - The Festa Veneziana-Part 2, Rio di Cannaregio: The water parade by Coordinamento Associazioni Remiere di Voga alla Veneta will sail along the Canal Grande to the folkloristic district of Cannaregio, where the audience will watch these unique boats and where the eno-gastronomic stalls by A.E.P.E., with the traditional carnival delicacies, will offer venetian food specialities. Music and rhythm will accompaign the water parade.
18 FEBRUARY, 2.30 pm - “Festa delle Marie” The Parade, Via Garibaldi (Giardini area): The traditional ''Festa delle Marie'' will start at San Piero di Castello at 2.30pm, 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 occasion to admire the traditional venetian period costumes.
19 FEBRUARY, 11.00 am - Waiting for the Angel of Carnival, Saint Mark's Square: Waiting for the Angel of Carnival to “flydown” from the bell tower, the San Marco stage will be crowded of tradition and colors. The event will start ar 11 AM in Saint Mark's Square. A lot of traditional groups will parade on stage, bringing colors, wonderful costumes, beauty and history.
19 FEBRUARY, 12.00 pm - The flight of the Angel, Saint Mark's Square: The “Flight of the Angel” is a traditional event that goes back to the Serenissima period where an unknown guest of Venice, flying along a rope from San Marco bell tower to the middle of the square, will offer an homage to the Doge, and will be greeted by the crowded parterre of the period costumes parades of the Historical Re-enactments. The event starts at midday. As a conclusion, the embrace of the Angel and the Doge will smooth the atmosphere of a square galvanized by scenographical effects always appreciated by the Italian and international networks. The girl winner of the 2016 edition of the “Festa delle Marie” (Marie contest), Claudia Marchiori, will be the Angel of the new Carnival 2017.