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Venice's carnival brings out the masks and regattas

Above: A masked reveller posing during the annual Venice Carnival on Feb 4.

Above: A woman dressed as an "angel" descending on Saint Mark's Square.


IN Venice, it is that time again.

Time for grand costume balls, fierce mask contests, towering wigs and a parade of preening, strutting revellers as city residents and visitors from around the world take part in its annual carnival.

The season technically began on...

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