RIJEKA, January 12, 2020 – This year’s Carnival in the northern Adriatic city of Rijeka again starts on St. Anthony’s Day on 17 January and ends on Ash Wednesday on 26 February, when the Pust effigy will pay for all the evils of the previous year.
The Rijeka Carnival, the 37th in a row, traditionally begins on St. Anthony’s Day, when masked revellers blow the horn and start their reign. However, in the wider Rijeka region, the Carnival begins on the first Saturday after Epiphany.
On the first day of the Carnival, which will be held under the slogan “Be what you want!”, the key to the city will be formally handed over to the master of the carnival, and the Carnival Queen will be elected.
The Carnival programme will include many parties and various masked events, such as the Masked Paris-Bakar Rally, a snowboarding race in the city centre, a charity masked ball and Laughing Days.
The merry Children’s Carnival Parade has been announced for 8 February, while the great finale of the Rijeka Carnival, the International Carnival Parade, in which local and foreign traditional and urban carnival groups are expected to participate with thousands of masks and numerous allegorical floats, will take place on 23 February.
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