Carnival in Rijeka kicks off

time: 15.1.2012. - 22.2.2012.
place: Rijeka, Croatia
The Rijeka Carnival programme which starts on 17 January and lasts until 22 February gathers more than 20,000 participants and more than 600,000 domestic and foreign visitors.

Large media companies watching both nationally and abroad, the occupancy of all accommodation capacities in Rijeka and its surrounding areas and an increased consumption in catering and commercial facilities out of season, have positioned the Rijeka Carnival as the 3rd largest in the world.

Carnival madness begins its ritual with the Rijeka Carnival Queen Pageant and the handover of the town’s keys to the Master of the Carnival. Concerts, exhibitions, shows, masquerades and parties fill the days until the jewel in the crown of the carnival celebrations – the huge masked parade. Competitions in imaginativeness, humour and originality, fireworks of colours and shapes result in a parade of hundreds of allegorical floats, thousands of masks and an uncountable number of observers.

For more information, visit the Carnival's website.

(Source: Croatian Times)