First Posted: 04/12/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:30 PM ET

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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