Before the cannon is fired, and before the hordes of rowers, paddlers,
and practicioners of other human-powered propulsion bust out across the lagoon, there are lots of things going on in and around Venezia.
This year, Tamás was there to capture so many moments in still photography; here's a nice group to look at.
A GSVVM caorlina crosses from their club in Mestre towards the
Canale di Cannaregio, Canale Grande, and eventually the starting point.
Morning joggers cross the bridge from the mainland to Venice, with lagoon nets behind and that recognizable arch of Mestre in the distance.
Various small sit-down boats working their way up the Grand Canal.
A clergyman sweeps the church steps.
"Some assembly required".
English-style rowers try to figure out which way to go.
Walkers and more joggers.
A seated crew boat prepares to shove off.
Small boats and "big desona".
A crowded dragon boat as seen from a bridge.
Officially uniformed officials walking through the piazza on official business.
More boats hurry to get to the starting point before that cannon fires.