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Venetian Night: A University of Wisconsin-Madison Tradition

Venetian Night was an early University of Wisconsin-Madison campus traditions held from 1911-1930. Taking place in late May, the event commonly included both parades and décor contests of illuminated and decorated water floats with music performances and a fireworks display at the close.

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For more information about all of UW-Madison’s past and present traditions and celebrations, contact the University Archives at uwarchiv@library.wisc.edu. On, Wisconsin!

Created by UW-Madison History student, Emily Eubanks for the UW-Madison Archives.