Along the sidewalks on both sides of the Giudecca canal (this photo is on the Zattere side) lanterns are strung. Restaurants decorate their patios with colorful streamers and lanterns. Families and large groups of friends set up tables on the banks of the canal or camp out on the sidewalk. There's lots of eating,drinking, dancing and merriment as everyone waits for the fireworks to commence at 11:30 pm. It's one non-stop party along the Giudecca this weekend.
We've walked across the bridge along with thousands of others the past 2 years, taking up a position in front of the Redentore Church to watch the fireworks. This year, we've been invited to watch them from an apartment on Giudecca. We'll avoid the huge crowds and be 3 flights up. I'll hope to snap some great photos from here. I think it will be bedlam trying to get home!!!
Starting around 11:30 pm are several beach parties over on the Lido which will last until morning. On this weekend, teenagers are allowed to sleep/camp out on the beaches also.
Tomorrow afternoon there are boat regattas in Giudecca canal. The schedule is as follows:
At 4 pm, the first race is for young rowers in puparini (type of small rowing boat), teams of 2.
At 4:45, the second race is for all other racers in puparini, teams of 2
At 5:30, the last race of the day is in gondolas, teams of 2 gondoliers rowing.
Let the Festa begin! More to follow tomorrow....