Feb. 24 - Thousands gather to watch the “Flight of the Angel” -- an event where a woman dressed in costume descends a zipwire from the bell tower of St. Mark's Basilica during Venice Carnival. Elly Park reports.
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It's the most anticipated event of the Carnival-crazed city of Venice.
Twenty-two-year old Julia Nasi is ready to descend from the bell tower of Saint Mark's Basilica in an event called the "Flight of the Angel".
The tradition dates back 500 years, first known as the "flight of the Turk" when a young Turkish acrobat walked a tight rope stretched from a ship anchored at the docks all the way to the top of the tower.
Today, it's a beauty pageant winner dressed in an elaborate costume flying down the wire - a spectacle that never fails to stun the thousands of revelers gathered down below.
SOUNDBITE: Costumed Italian Visitor Andrea saying (Italian)
"It's beautiful, we have been traveling around different parts of the country but Venice is the most beautiful."
SOUNDBITE: Tourist Valerie saying (English)
"Very colorful, a lot of people, most people are with masks which is very nice also."
These masks and costumes can cost thousands of dollars and are a must-have if you want to attend the many balls and parties held during the 17 days of festivities leading up to the 40 days of fasting of lent.
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