January 17, 2020

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Jose Fresan

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180 years of the Patras Carnival

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CC BY 2.5 January 17 marks the beginning of a 180 years old tradition: The Patras Carnival in Greece. Patras is the third largest city in Greece and it’s a busy port connecting Greece with Italy, but it is world wide famous for its Parting Karnavali. The first Carnival took …

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January 17 marks the beginning of a 180 years old tradition: The Patras Carnival in Greece. Patras is the third largest city in Greece and it’s a busy port connecting Greece with Italy, but it is world wide famous for its Parting Karnavali. The first Carnival took place after the liberation of the Greeks from the Ottomans in 1829, and it was probably influenced by its proximity to Venice.

One of the Carnivals main attractions is the colorful and amazing floats, which appeared for the first time in 1870s. The floats are part of the Grand Parade one of the main events of the Carnival and happens one day before the end of he Carnival on Clean Monday (the first day of Great Lent throughout Eastern Christianity).

During the 3 weeks of Carnival, the streets are filled with people in costumes, music and performances. The Carnival participants are divided in groups and can participate in the famous Treasure Hunt, which consists of different test, games and clue hunting around the town.

The Carnival is officially over with the burning of the float of the Carnival King on Sunday before Clean Monday. The burning is accompanied by concerts, dances and countless fireworks.

The Patras Karnival is a living proof of the importance of continuing traditions that evolve and bring people together with the purpose of having a good time together and bring a little joy to the world every year.

Take a look at some glimpses of the Carnival in the videos below: