Festival Traditions

La Festa delle Marie

(Carnival parade of 'Marie')

This is the Carnival’s equivalent of a beauty contest.

Twelve beautiful and humble girls are paraded from the area of 'Castello'

up the waterfront to St. Mark’s Square.

This tradition, which is claimed by some to date back to the 10th c., celebrates

'The Doge’s' annual contribution to the dowries of twelve different pauper maidens of the city.

On the final day of Carnival, one ‘Maria’ is crowned the winner.