The opening ceremony of the 10-day Carnevale di Venezia traditionally begins with the Vollo del Angelo (Flight of the Angel) a slow diagonal descent of an ‘angel’ from the top of the 60-metre high Campanile into the Piazetta San Marco. This tradition received a shot in the arm in 2008 when famed ‘gangsta’ rapper, Coolio, was chosen for the role of angel.
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A column of clowns makes its way through the packed crowd in the Piazzeta San Marco.
Upturned faces wait for ‘angel’ Coolio to appear.
Coolio begins his descent from the top of the Campanile.
Coolio, perched atop the ‘O’ of ‘Angelo’ (and strapped to the cable with a safety harness).
‘Angel’ Coolio, approaching terra firma, waves to the cheering crowd.