If you didn’t have a chance to attend last year’s Masquerade Ball, then be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 9:00 P.M. Venice MainStreet and Made In Italy Italian Restaurant will be hosting the 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball. This one of a kind party promises free admission, great food and drink specials, live music, and so much more.
Don’t have a mask? No problem. For a small donation, you’ll be provided with a mask upon entry at the event. The donation will go to a great cause in the form of Venice MainStreet.
About Venice MainStreet
Venice MainStreet is a 501c3 non-profit organization which “strives to collaborate with the City of Venice, and other community groups, to preserve and enhance the historic character of Venice, while, also promoting and encouraging the economic and community vitality of Venice,” according to their website. That means the organization works diligently alongside local Venice businesses to help support interesting and fun attractions for visitors and residents alike.
In addition to the masquerade ball, Venice MainStreet also supports the following annual events/programs:
- Christmas lights and downtown holiday decorations
- Four “Breakfast With The Mayor” events
- Organize the Venice MainStreet downtown ambassadors, called the “Downtowners.” November-April they manage the downtown information kiosk and walk the street greeting visitors and answering questions.
- Easter Children’s Eggstravaganza
- Downtown Christmas Walk
- Children’s Halloween Parade
- Three Miami Avenue Craft Festivals
- March Art Classic
- November Downtown Art Festival
- Three Downtown Sidewalk Sales
- Christmas in July
- Venice Beach Party
- Venice Blues Crawl
- Venice Blues Festival
- 25 Free Friday Night Concerts
The Origins of the Masquerade Ball
The history of the masquerade ball dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries. It was a part of carnival season in which villagers would don masks and costumes while taking part in pageants and processions. The masked celebrations quickly spread like wildfire all across Europe and especially France where they were used to celebrate the welcoming of kings and queens into castles.
The popularity of masquerade balls extended into 18th century England after a count brought the tradition from Venetian balls into the country. While the masquerade balls of today may not involve the same pomp and circumstance of centuries past, they are still prevalent in today’s society and used to celebrate occasions with a dash of intrigue.
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