Venice Carnival PHOTOS: The Most Amazing Masks

04/12/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Masked revellers began taking to the streets of Venice last weekend as part of the historic city's famous carnival festivities. The annual festival, which dates back many centuries, is well-known for its splendid costumes. And yet even a tradition as old as 'Carnevale' wasn't immune to the current economic downturn: the festival's budget was cut and fewer tourists than usual were expected to attend.

But that shouldn't get in the way of a good party, of course. Check out some of the best masks from Carnival below and vote for your favorites.

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