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FLIGHT OF ANGEL AS PART OF HISTORICAL CARNIVAL OF VENICE
Flight of the Angel” is also called “Volo dell’ Angelo”. It is one of the annual historical/traditional highlight of the Carnival of Venice. The Flight of the Angel is part of Venice carnival. It is held on Shrove Thursday of grosso festivities. The ceremony is secondary to the event of mid 16th century in which Turkish acrobats did something that stupefied the Venetians during a particular exhibition by walking on a rope from a boat tied on Riva degli Schiavoni to the top of St. Mark’s Tower. And from St. Mark’s Tower to the Doges Palaces balcony as a tribute to him [Doges]. After passing through various stages from practices of professional acrobats to the common people who wanted to show their ability and bravery, the exhibition changed its name and became “The Flight of the Turk”.

Then after this, it eventually changed into “The Flight of the Angel” when for the first time an acrobat dressed with angel wings tied to a rope was let down the tower, at the end of which the doge himself gave the angel impersonator a gift. But from 1759, the event name changed again from “The Flight of the Angel” to “Volo della Colombina” (“The Flight of the dove”). During this time also, a wooden dove was substituted for a living man as a result of a fall of a particular acrobat who dressed as the angel during one of these festivities.

Eventually, after the crash of the Republic, the event was out rightly banned until recent times when it resurfaced again as “The Flight of the Angel”, with the reintroduction of a real person instead of the wooden dove and the staging of the old ritual of the homage of the sceptre to the Doge at the beginning of the Carnival of Venice.

FOR FURTHER READING/VIEW:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pmXdR2h0hs
http://veniceholidayforfamily.com/2011/02/10/the-flight-of-the-angel-colombina-carnival-2009/
http://veniceholidayforfamily.com/2011/02/10/the-flight-of-the-angel-colombina-carnival-2009/
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