Today, in a popular Carnival parade in Einsiedeln , Switzerland, demon masks are worn and large bells clanged to drive out evil spirits and to announce the end of winter on the eve of Lent and spring.
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In its long history Carnival has played a significant role in the development of popular theatre, vernacular song, and folk dances. In Italy, Venice became a gathering place for traditionally disguised Carnival revelers. The most famous modern Carnival is perhaps that of Rio de Janeiro.
Masked balls, elaborate costumes, parades, and various other festivities mark such celebrations. Article Media. Info Print Cite.
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