In 1094 the carnival was already mentioned in a document of the Doge,
and in 1269 the Senate prescribed that one was to regard the day before
of the Lent as one feastday (fatty Tuesday).
For the period which usually went from December 26 to the Lent, the
Venetian ones had fun in the streets, while carrying multicoloured masks
and costumes. Formerly, these disguises allowed all the Venetian ones,
whatever their social condition, to take part to the festival.
The carnival was stopped under the French occupation then under Austrian
at the beginning of XIXth, it reappeared in 1979.
It is today one of the carnivals most known in the world. However,
environment is not anymore the same, and the disguises have also
evolved.During these few feastdays, tourists flow of the whole world.
All the hotels are complete several months in advance. The climax of the
carnival is the day of Fatty Tuesday