oWhen Norm Kelly of Groveland visited Venice in May 2006, he found one of the famous Italian canals quiet early on a Sunday morning. It isn¡¦t likely he would find it anywhere near that peaceful if he were there today, while the annual Carnevale di Venezia festivities are in full swing, this year from Feb. 13 through Tuesday. That¡¦s the day also known as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, the eve of Ash Wednesday, which starts the Christian penitential season of Lent. Next year, Venice will celebrate Carnival earlier, Feb. 5-16. Plenty of time to plan to be there.
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