April 25th is the feast of St. Marcus, the city’s patron saint.
In ancient times on this day a famous procession took place in the Piazza; religious and civil authorities as well as a deputy of artists took part in it. Also nowadays St. Marcus Day is celebrated with a procession in the Basilica.
There is a hugely widespread tradition among Venetian men on this day: the gift of a bocolo, that is a red rosebud to the women they love best.
The Festa della Sensa is held on May 17th.
The celebrations of the Sensa includes a magnificent procession at sea, with colourful parade boats from all the rowing associations in Venice following the The procession which is planned for 9am, but it usually starts a bit later. The gathering point is in front of St. Mark’s, and the procession then moves towards the Lido and finally north along the shore to San Nicolò where the actual ceremony takes place.magnificent Serenissima which carries the mayor and the patriarch.
The Vogalonga will be held on Sunday, May 24th.
The Vogalonga is a 30km paddling/rowing race through the city of Venice and the lagoon up to Burano. Almost all rowed or paddled boats can participate, and there’s even a separate category for kayaks. There are usually well over one thousands boats in the race, of many types.Visit the web site: www.vogalonga.com
The “Regatta (Palio) of the Ancient Maritime Republics, June 06th/07th
It is a competition on eight-oared galleons among the crews of the cities of Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice. The event was born in the postwar period and is organized every year at the beginning of the summer by turns in the four cities (June 6th-7th 2015 is the turn of Venice), combining a fascinating historical-cultural message with a spectacular competition. The regatta is always preceded by the solemn historical parade, famous for the precious costumes, that introduces the atmosphere of the competition.
Redentore Feast on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2015 is a deeply felt celebration in Venice as it combines religion with entertainment, thanks to the Saturday night phantasmagorical fireworks’ display attracting thousands of visitors: a kaleidoscope of shades, from a game of light and colours on the inimitable setting in St. Mark’s Basin, lights up the spires, domes and bell towers of the city. At dusk, plenty of boats traditionally decked out with flower festoons, colourful balloons and brightly Chinese lamps begin to flock into both St. Mark’s Basin and the Giudecca Canal. Awaiting for the firework display, which starts at 11.30 p.m. and lasts late into the night, people enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional Venetian specialities.
The 56th International Art Exhibition, titled All the World’s Futures, will take place in Venice in the Giardini and Arsenale venues from 9th May to 22nd November 2015. The curator, appointed by the Biennale Board, is the art critic, journalist and writer Okwui Enwezor.