Procession of Marias (1) Venice Carnival 2011 Image Archives Kalpana Image Archives - Veneto Region in Italy

The Venetian tradition of "Procession of Marias" goes back to more than one thousand years. Two of the most beautiful girls from each of the six zones (sestiere) of Venice are selected as Marias and are taken in a procession. For part of the procession, a group of young men dressed in black caps with blue borders, white shirts, red sashes around their waist, carry the Marias on their shoulders. They are followed by groups of people dressed in ancient clothes as crusaders, soldiers, princes and princesses, nobility, blacksmiths, bread-makers, etc.

There was a time, when Venice government had decided that taking girls in a procession was not right, that it takes away religious feelings from the event and makes it more fun, so they had made card-board Marias for the procession. You can still see those old card-board Marias also in the procession.

This first group of images of the Marias' procession has images of the girls selected as Marias and the people immediately following them.

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Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Images of Procession of Marias, Venice carnival, Italy

Final Notes

All images on Kalpana.it are under Creative Commons license. You are free to use them but remember to give credit to Kalpana.it and provide a link to the page from where you took that picture. All these images are taken by Sunil Deepak. You can check more images of Venice and the carnival. You can also check the global image archives of Kalpana with images from different parts of the world.

If you would like a picture in higher resolution, write to Sunil at: sunil(at)kalpana.it