What on Earth was going on in Venice?
April 20, 2011 5:52 AM Subscribe
I was in Venice for a few days at the end of March, and several times saw young people in the street participating in a weird ritual: they would read out a passage from a hand-made poster, the crowd would laugh, and someone would attack them with a foodstuff -- I saw a lot of flour, once a meat tray, and an unfortunate soul having canned whipped cream injected down his pants
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They were all unusually dressed. I don't remember if the almost-naked guy in the rain was wearing anything amusing, but I do remember a girl dressed as a ladybug. And of course there was the fellow in football jersey and lime green swimming cap in the photo linked above.
I saw the ladybug shed her carapace and gambol off down the street, followed by a crowd chanting/singing something like "cok-ory, cok-ory, ba badi ba badi ba~umpapa umpapa". (Sorry I can't be more specific: that's just what I wrote down at the time, an aid to memory that evidently hasn't worked.) I'd been hearing the same sound on and off for days, so I assume the weirdness was quite widespread.
It occurred to me later that I had been staying right next door to the main buildings of the Università Ca' Foscari, and might have been hearing "Ca 'cari, ca 'cari...".
I figure it was some sort of student thing but am very curious about the details. Hazing? Performance? Ritual revenge for student government promises unkept? The locals I asked didn't know. Do you have any idea?