Rijeka Carnival will be held 17 Jan to 14 Feb 2018 in Rijeka, Croatia.
Rijeka Carnival which is one of the world’s biggest carnivals with International Carnival Parade. The International Carnival parade draws people from all around Europe and has been a February tradition in the city since 1982. Rijeka Carnival is one of the largest and most acknowledged carnivals in Europe, hosting more than a thousand masks and over 100 000 spectators. The media has been covering this significant international event for years (more than 50 daily newspapers, 20 radio stations, numerous domestic and foreign TV stations). The Carnival of Rijeka could be viewed on the Internet. The beginning of carnival festivities is officially proclaimed when the Mayor of Rijeka hands over the keys of the town to the Carnival Master of Ceremonies, thus symbolically handing over the rule of the town to the masks. As legend has it, the boisterous merry-making of the masks will drive away the forces of evil, while evoking the arrival of spring and celebrating the creation of new life. During the two months of carnival the city of Rijeka and the surrounding areas embrace masked balls, sporting events, parties and parades. Rijeka Carnival is an event and I like events...
The International Carnival Parade is the jewel in the crown of the carnival festivities in Kvarner and beyond. Competitions in creativity, humour and originality, fireworks of colours and shapes result in a parade of hundreds of allegorical floats, thousands of masks and a countless number of visitors from home and abroad.
Nowhere in the world will you be able to experience such a distinctive blend of a European civil carnival based on historical and cultural customs and elements of folklore and mythology, so be whatever you want, come to the Rijeka Carnival
The Children’s Carnival Parade is a carnival event in which the youngest generations from Croatia and abroad take part, when a river of little ones in a colourful masked parade floods Rijeka’s Korzo. On that day, numerous characters from fairytales and beautiful creatures of imagination are the main protagonists of the Rijeka Carnival, attracting numerous visitors from all over the world.
The carnival madness in Rijeka starts with the Rijeka Carnival Queen Pageant and the handover of the city key to the Master of the Carnival. In this event, which over the last couple of years has taken place in the Youth Sports Hall, the Carnival formally gets the most charming spokeswoman of masked groups. In front of a crowded Youth Sports Hall, in a special musical and scenic performance, the carnival group’s spokeswomen - the Rijeka Carnival Queen - gets elected and will participate in all formal Rijeka Carnival's presentations.
Masked 'Paris-Bakar' Rally is a traditional event organised by the 'Rijeka' Automobile Club. This rally is a parody of the world famous rally 'Paris-Dakar' and has been a supporting sport event of the Rijeka Carnival since 1990.
Masked 'Paris-Bakar' Rally is a unique event of its kind in the world, with motorised participants from different regions, all of them - drivers, co-drivers and referees wearing masks, while their decorated vehicles tell a story of their own.