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Dozens of boating Santas race in Venice's Grand Canal

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Dozens of boating Santas race in Venice's Grand Canal
Photo: Andrea Patara/AFP
16:35 CET+01:00
Dozens of rowers dressed as Father Christmas raced down Venice's Grand Canal on Sunday, cheered on by crowds gathered to watch the annual fancy-dress regatta.

Organised by the University Ca' Foscari, the eighth edition of the race set off from Saint Mark's Square, with champions and amateurs competing in traditional "mascarete" boats -- once the domain of fishermen.

They were followed by a water parade of fellow Father Christmases in "bissone", "caorline" and dragon boats -- flat vessels with six to eight rowers each that nipped down the canal in the winter sunshine.

Since it began in 2009, the regatta has been held in the run-up to Christmas. Those feeling particularly sporty -- or keen on losing Santa-sized stomachs -- can take part afterwards in a race through the Italian city's
 allies and squares.

 

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