The owner of the event center has let me know that IDs need to be checked at the door since this is a 21+ event and there will be a cash bar. So don't leave home without an ID.
Today, Carnival (which is known as Mardi Gras in the States) is celebrated in many parts of the world, but the origination of Carnival comes from Italy. Carnival in Italy dates back to the Medieval times where the followers of the Catholic religion in Italy started the tradition of holding wild celebrations in the days leading up to Lent. Because Catholics are not supposed to eat meat during Lent, they called their festival, carnevale — which means something like “take away the meat.”
The Carnival in Venice has always been the most well-known carnival celebration in Italy. Masks were originally worn around the city to abolish social hierarchy, so people were free to go around the city incognito. People attended masked balls, and there were Commedia dell'Arte plays, musical celebrations, and costumed processions throughout the city. As time passed, carnivals in Italy became quite famous, and the practice spread to other Catholic countries in Europe, and then to other parts of the world.
Today the Carnival in Venice is still one of the world’s biggest celebrations. People walk the canal lined streets in Venice wearing splendid costumes. There are still masquerade parties, Commedia dell'Arte performances happening in Piazza San Marco, music, and costumed parades.
~ Masquerade Party ~
Attire for the Party
At minimum you will need a mask to wear to the party. There are many sites on the internet where you can find beautiful masks that aren’t expensive, or you could check out one of the local costume shops. It will be even more fun if you try to dress the part. You could simply wear an evening dress, tux, or suit for an elegant look. In Venice they sometimes wear a Victorian or Renaissance period costume, or a cloak. If you want even more elaborate costume ideas, google images for Venetian Carnival costumes. I posted a list with ideas for places to buy Mask and Costumes here: http://www.meetup.com/Around-the-World/messages/boards/thread/29958902
Dolci di Carnevale
If you’ve ever been to Italy, you know it seems like there’s a pastry shop on every corner. There are special pastries you can only get during Carnival time. Chiacchiere and Castagnole are both popular Carnvial pastries found throughout Italy, so of course we’d like to have some of these famous treats at our party.
I have posted recipes for these two pastries on our website, on the Message Board under the Discussions tab, here is the link: http://www.meetup.com/Around-the-World/messages/boards/thread/29190812 This should be a very large party, so if we want enough “dolci” for most people to at least have a sample, it would be wonderful if we could get several people to volunteer to bring one of these recipes to our Carnival party. If you think it sounds like a good idea to have these at the party, please consider stepping up to make a batch for the party, and contact me ASAP so I can coordinate this aspect of the party. You can’t just show up at the door with a batch of Carnival sweets.
Of course we will have dancing at our Masquerade party, but we will diverge a bit here from the Venetian theme, to fit our Meetup group. We will have International music (A variety of Dance, Lounge, Pop, and Club music) playing on the dance floor.
$20 – paid by February 1st
$25 – day of the event, only at the door (cash only) if not sold out.
There will be a cash bar available serving wine and beer.
The only parking is street parking, which means it might be a good idea to carpool. Parking is free though. The event center is also walking distance from light rail.
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