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A Venetian Carnival !

Tonight! March 5 at 6:30pm

Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Carnival - a pre-Lenten celebration of feast and frivolity, famous in cities such as Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans to name a couple, and Venice is no exception!

A celebratory tradition that dates back to the 12th-Century. This was a time when some of the laws were suspended in the Republic of Venice and Venetians could dress however they desired, instead of the rules that were set down in law according to their profession and social class. 

In 1339 a law forbade Venetians from wearing vulgar disguises and visiting convents while masked. The wearing of masks was limited only to about three months from December 26. The masks were traditionally worn with decorative beads matching in color. Today the Carnival runs up to Shrove Tuesday and there are celebrations across the island day and night in all forms and colors. 

We will be continuing this tradition at the American Cathedral in Paris so come in your costumes, as flamboyant as possible and there will be prizes for the best costumes. To accompany the fabulous costumes there will be a Venetian feast, a celebration of Venetian music, children's craft mask making, a concert pianist, prizes for best costumes and other surprises.

Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Friday Mission Lunch and other important programs sponsored by the American Cathedral.

RSVP on Eventbrite here.

Ticket prices are:

Adults - 20€ / Children - 10€ at the door or on Eventbrite

You can also RSVP directly to Simon Allatt at