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Monday, 06 March 2017

Rethymno Carnival

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So, in 1914 the first Carnival of Rethymno was organized, bringing the original mark of the intentions of the people of Rethymno.

Through the years, these intentions turned into actions that exceeded every time the expectations of their inspirers and finally turned to be an amazing event: the Carnival of Rethymno, a live organism, tending to reverse the natural route of life: the “older” it’s getting the better it is becoming!

This year’s carnival subject is focused on this inversion and invites whoever deeply hopes for better days, whoever sees rainbow colors beyond grey to be part of the large, emotional and fresh Team of the Carnival of Rethymno and share, create, have fun and experience things that nobody wants to miss.

We invite you to create and share this experience, having in our mind and our heart the fact that when people cooperate, every day becomes special and life itself becomes more beautiful. It is as simple as that.

The city of Rethymno has also “worn” its Carnival costume this year for a special celebration of the famous Rethymno Carnival.

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The Carnival of Rethymno will be celebrated without the magnificent parade, the impressive floats, the dozens of carnival groups, the joyful parties and the thousands of visitors, as part of the necessary measures for the pandemic.

However, the Rethymno Carnival is noticeable in all corners of the city, while online events are also being planned.


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The floats that took part in parades of earlier years, as well as those that were constructed last year but were ultimately not used due to the postponement of the Carnival, are decorated in various parts of the city in an effort to celebrate the Carnival even in this peculiar way.

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Walking through the streets and squares of Rethymno one can notice those floats that he once admired in the carnival parade together with thousands of other people in a cheerful feast until the morning, with loud music and endless fun.

These floats, many of which are really "works of art", are the result of inspiration and especially hard volunteer work of all the members of the carnival teams that participate every year in the Carnival of Rethymno.

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Starting with a piece of paper and a simple idea, each team’s creations are based on a theme they choose. The unique inspiration combined with the excellent technique, experience and passion, give shape to pieces of recyclable materials and turn them into a colorful, funny and satirical carnival chariot.

It is worth strolling through the streets of Rethymno to see and admire the work of all those who created and participated in one of the most famous carnivals in Greece, the Rethymno Carnival, while for this year's alternative online actions that are to be done, you can visit its official website of the Carnival www.rethymnocarnival.gr


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Rethymno, or Rethimno, is a city on the north coast of the Greek island of Crete. In the old town, the Venetian Harbor is filled with fishing boats and lined with tavernas. Rethymno Lighthouse was built in the 1830s. West, the hilltop Fortezza is a star-shaped, 16th-century citadel.

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