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Festivals around the World. Venice Carnival.

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Festivals are an organisation nightmare, but a fan’s annual dream and across the globe there are more festivals than you can shake a stick at. So for the avid traveller - or plain old festival addict - I have come up with what you should be checking out during the second week of February.

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This festival is the high point of Venice’s social calender and is possibly the world’s most famous fancy dress party.

This masked extravaganza gives festival-goers the chance to look like they have just walked off the set of Phantom Of The Opera as they swan about celebrating the onset of Spring. Any excuse for a party eh!?

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The festivities begin on Friday with a parade through the city which is just the precursor to the official opening which takes place on Saturday when a masked procession leaves Piazza San Marco at around 4pm and trundles throughout the streets. Before Sunday plays homage to mock-military tournaments where the men get to pretend to be all masculine in a jousting contest.

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It’s not until the following Friday that the festival reaches it’s real high point though, which is the Grand Masked Ball which takes place in a different location every year and is open to anyone clad in an outfit and mask. However, you have to stump up a hefty 200 Euros for a ticket