This year the celebrations in Venice run from 23 January to 9 February and in parallel Venice @ PRADA SIM are also holding events over the same period.
I visited on the first day of the festival when a small flotilla of vessels of all shapes and sizes sailed through the canals.
Among the participants of the tour of the canal was well known Second Life blogger Yana Kawanishi
It is interesting to compare the real life St Marks Square
with the Venice @ PRADA SI, version. Perhaps the most obvious difference is the lack of pigeons!
Another view of St Marks Square, You can see the stage for events in the centre of the picture at the far end.
I am just having a glass of wine and waiting for the next event to start. They seem to have a more laid back attitude to food hygiene here than back home; no one seems concerned at having the cat on the table!
Free gifts are available in several of the shops including free festival masks. Although whether any of them suit me I leave for you to decide.
There is a schedule of events on display in the Piazza San Marco which I understand is being updated with additional events being run.