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12 Marias lead the colourful Venice carnival procession

Feb 25, 2019 12:05 IST

The 12 ‘Marias’, young women chosen to represent Venice at the city's famous carnival, made their entrance to St Mark's Square last weekend, followed by a colourful procession of people in historical costumes and flag throwers. The tradition of the carnival began in Venice in the 11th century. The parade of the Marias is inspired by the story of twelve brides-to-be who were kidnapped by pirates and freed by the population in 1039.