In this parade, the floats really do float! The city of Venice began the Carnival season with a moon-themed parade on the Cannaregio Canal on February 16. The illuminated floats carrying a variety of performers was upstaged by a balloon representing the moon sailed overhead, with a 15th-century caravel underneath. This raw footage from the Associated Press is not narrated, and some interviews are not in English, but you can tell a good time was had by all. Carnival celebrations will continue through March 5.