Dancing Dancing Dancing Dancing Dancing Masquerades everywhere for children and grown-ups.
Everywhere you can hear a weird mixture of
Latin and Greek music,
people dress up to visit the houses of friends
who of course pretend
not to know who the dressed up visitors are.
These visitors are not
allowed to speak until their identity is revealed
by their friends whom
they visit. A nice custom.
Two weeks before grand parade day there is a treasure hunt. This year again
we'll have about 90
teams with over 10.000 treasure hunters. The hunt
is a real modern one with motorbikes, walkie talkies, cell
phones and Internet information.
The treasure is
nothing else than the honor
of being organizer
of next year's hunt.
Please wait a few seconds and then click on the images below!
Visitors will be coming from all over Crete, from Athens and
other parts of Greece. . .
to see this parade and of course their friends and relatives in Rethymno and to have fun on a beautiful sunny carnival weekend.
And then we'll have our Grand Carnival Parade, this year 2018 on Sunday, February 18th again with over 80.000 masked paraders.
Children and flowers, a common symbol of charm and innocence.In carnival they give us their best light of joy. Let us all be children and join the carnival in Rethymno to make it a real celebration!
The Mickey Mouses are dancing on the streets of Rethymno when the cat is away! Come and join them. The team's name is "Emeis kai Emeis".
The bus of fun, of singing, joy and cheerfulness roams all Crete and transmits the pleasure of Carnival. At this time "work" becomes second place and everybody wholeheartedly joins the celebrating Carnival community.
The dinosaur is one of the floats which needs months of work to be built. The members of the "Tromokrates" ("Terrorists") - team wear Stone Age clothes made of real sheep skin. The bones are from the local butchers. The photo can't tell the odor of these guys, until now it is not known who or what is smelling more: the dinosaur,the sheepskin costumes or the bones.....
"Oi Alloi"a team which always presents best costumes and floats year by year. In 1998 they represent the Minoan Age on Crete with beautiful costumes.They take the bull by the horns in their ancient games of "Tavrokathapsia"
Until Sunday, February 18th 2018 every day and everywhere in Rethymno there is "Karnavali!"