Christmas Regatta Brings Color to Venice's Grand Canal

A mix of competitive and amateur gondoliers dressed up in Santa costumes and paddled along the Grand Canal in Venice as part of the city’s annual Christmas regatta on December 18.

La Nuova di Venezia said that at the end of the competition the first four in each of three categories – women, amateurs, and “champions” – were given awards. There was an award, too, for the best decorated boat.

Footage by Venezia Eventi shows participants paddling up the canal as crowds watch on. Credit: Venezia Eventi via Storyful

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