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The audience is composed of different social classes. The masks and costumes guarantee anonymity, it is even possible to lie about his social class, gender, religion.On often chooses the "inverse" to his class (eg a poor often take the habit of a rich). The joy and anonymity are the heart of this festival. It is a time to forget the everyday life and all the prejudices. The costumes for the carnival has fostered a market masks and costumes.

However, wearing the mask was challenged many times over the years. While it could easily violate the rules without being recognized, it was banned in the fourteenth century, but only at night then inside religious places and during religious holidays even those that took place during the carnival. The goal was to restore morality and decency that mask wearers lost by being anonymous. From 1776, while wearing the mask was banned in gaming establishments, women had to wear the "taborro", "the volto" or "the bauta" to get to the theater.

source:http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnaval_de_Venise

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