La Festa delle
(Carnival parade of 'Marie')
This is the Carnivals
equivalent of a beauty contest.
and humble girls are paraded from the area of 'Castello'
up the waterfront
to St. Marks Square.
which is claimed by some to date back to the 10th c., celebrates
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.