Carnevale in Italy originated in Venice over 1,000 years ago. It is the last festival before Lent. In some places it is called Mardi Gras. Party goers wear elaborate costumes and masks.
In Florence, Italy, there are some shops that sell masks designed by artists who sign their work. We visited such a workshop in Florence, near the Ponte Vecchio. That area has one jewelry store after another, but this shop specialized in masks and puppets.
In the spirit of New Orleans Mardi Gras we present “Tiger Rag.”