It’s almost that time of year again when just about anything goes as everyone around the island reaches for their funniest, silliest and most bizarre outfits! And if there’s one city on the island that knows the true meaning of living it up for carnival, it simply has to be Limassol, coming to life with heaps of colour and madness all round in the days leading up to Lent as thousands descend upon the seaside town.
And yes, carnival celebrations are taken mighty seriously, with carnival balls, costume competitions and a whole variety of upbeat street shows, all culminating in a Grand Parade along the town’s main streets on the Sunday before the start of Lent (March 10th this year).
That’s not to forget the DJs that prepare the best tunes to get crowds partying at bars and clubs throughout the town, as the municipality pull out all the stops to give locals and visitors alike the chance to rejoice. As we all countdown to the big day, here are some highlights in the lead up to the Grand Carnival Parade!
1. Evening carnival parade
Get all dressed up after the sun goes down over the coastline with a parade that starts at 7.30pm on March 7th at Grigori Afxentiou Square (in front of the District Office Building) and ends at the Medieval Castle Square with a carnival ball at 8.30pm. The Batukinio percussion instruments group and the Limassol Majorettes invite you to sing and dance along with their orchestra to the rhythms of popular carnival songs, followed by music by the Dream’s Choir and Elena Solea as part of the ball. Awards will be given to the three participants donning the best, craziest and most creative mask!
2. Children’s Choirs
Head down with the kids to the Pattichio Municipal Theatre for an evening of serenades and carnival songs at 7.30pm on March 8 by various children’s choirs including Dreams’ Choir ‘Melodies kai Chromata’, the Children’s Choir of the Papadakion Municipal School of Music, the Music Workshop, Children’s Choir and Piccolo of Epilogi, and the Armonia Choir.
3. Classic cars parade
Love vintage cars? Then be sure to watch out for the Limassol Classic Cars Club driving around the city in true festive spirit, starting at 3pm on Saturday March 9th at the Enaerios Parking Place and ending at Grigori Afxentiou Square (in front of the District Office Building). This will be followed by a 6.30pm Serenader’s Parade in front of the Town Hall where the Limassol Municipality invites everyone to sing and dance along with the serenaders. And best of all, free wine will be on offer!
3. PikNik’s Carnival Shenanigans
Join PikNik’s Carnival Shenanigans this Saturday, bringing a real African vibe to Theatro Versus (B Municipal Market) with the Afro House beats of the Madorasindahouse phenomenon. The lineup includes atsou and Le Croque with supporting sets by some top local DJs- Gio, Pat Siaz and ASMO Brothers!
4. Grand carnival parade
The moment that everyone has been waiting for! The grandest event of them all: the big carnival parade. All the action is set to take place on March 10th down Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, starting at 1pm at Ayios Nikolaos roundabout and ending at the Polemidia Traffic Lights. The parade will be led by the Queens of Carnival, with countless floats and bands following the royal couple!
Prepare to move and grove with carnival music pumping across town, as you set your sights on extravagant floats, groups of people dancing in outrageous gear, a brass band, percussion instrument groups, and the list goes on.
If you’re feeling a bit under the weather when it comes to bidding carnival farewell, worry not, as there’s a farewell carnival fiesta to keep you grooving until the wee hours at the Old Port Square at 9pm. And if you’ve gone all out with your costume, you may well be up for some recognition, as awards will be given to the best three participants.
For the full programme of this year’s Limassol Carnival celebrations visit www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy. Do keep in mind that the programme is subject to unexpected changes. For further info call: (+357) 25-342153/(+357 )25-745919.