Today, we were just normal tourists milling around. We went out early and headed down to the Arsenale area and stumbled across a load of costumed people with professional photographers around. My father had once sent me a powerpoint presentation of Carnivale in 2005 and now I understand how it got put together!
I have come to the conclusion that these people are probably Venetians and work for the Carnivale production....to kind of kick start the celebration and give it a more festive atmosphere. They are wearing costumes that I dont see in any of the Atelier (costume designers) stores...they sell mostly 1700 and 1800 style dress. And, these costumed people are all very small boned and somewhat short--another reason to assume they are Venetian.
But they certainly are a sight to see....enjoy