Saturday, May 26, 2012
The Calm Before the Swarm: Vogalonga Eve (Tonight)
As ghosts and witches are supposed to come out on the eve of All Souls Day, so some extremely strange creatures have appeared on the shores of the lagoon this evening, in preparation for tomorrow's Vogalonga. They are definitely not native to these waters, nor very well suited to them (their long oars can't fit in most canals, the wake of vaporetti sorely try them, and rowing backward in a craft of limited maneuverability is hardly ideal for the tricky shallows of the lagoon), but they are always welcome participants in what will be Venice's 38th annual "celebration of the oar."
This year, the local papers say, a new record has been set for the number of entrants; last year there were over 6,000 rowers in 1,650 boats. You can visit the official website (in English and Italian) here: