February 04, 2013 – 06:20 PM

Picture This: Behind the Mask


A costumed reveller poses near gondolas during the Carnival of Venice on Feb. 3. Thought to date back some 850 years, Venetian carnival draws millions of visitors every year. The 2013 edition runs from Jan. 26 to Feb. 12. Masks have always been a main feature of the annual festival, which ends on the Christian day of Lent.

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