The Venezia Festival was launched with a colourful opening, as dozens of youth groups from across Northampton (including Masque Youth Theatre) participated in a carnival parade. Starting at the Fishmarket, the group paraded across the Market Square and along Abington Street, dressed in flamboyant masks, hats and cloaks.
Several weeks later, Masque was invited to take part in the Northampton Carnival, which also followed the Venetian theme. Festive Road, a carnival production group, held a workshop for Masque members to create and decorate their own masks and hats. The Northampton Carnival followed a much longer route, starting at Delapre Park, snaking into town via Bridge Street, continuing up Abington Street, looping back down St. Giles Street and leading back to the park.