The flight of the Angel took place in ST. Mark's square on Saturday afternoon. This is one of the kickoff events of Carnevale.
Note: In previous years, the Angel has been a celebrity, generally Italian. This year it was a lovely Venetian, 23 yr old Silvia Bianchini. Silvia was the Carnevale 2010 "Marie". Each year 12 beautiful young Venetian women are chosen to be the Marie's. They are featured in the Marie's Parade on opening day of Carnevale and also appear at numerous functions during the week. On the last day, one of them is chosen to be "The" Marie.
Because of high winds on Saturday, Silvia did not wear a 12 meter long portion of her costume. She looked a bit frightened to me, but thankfully she perservered. She made the descent gracefully!