At Carnevale time, Venetians tend to fall into two camps: retreaters and revelers.
The retreaters avoid pre-Lenten open spaces, especially at night. They take the back calles and stay clear of the Piazza (except for a mandatory ombra in the shade of the Campanile).
The revelers , on the other hand, dive right in and drink it up. In this latter camp is one Ms. Cat Bauer, the flaming red-haired novelist extraordinaire and woman-on-the-scene at Carnevale 2007, which is presently in full flower. For those of you who want the view from the street, Cat is blogging the Carnevale from her myspace page. Enjoy.
This year, by the way, Cat was the first foreign lass ever to sit on the jury of the oldest continuing Venetian celebration, the Festa delle Marie. (A predictable controversy ensued.)