Limassol Carnival 2013
Throughout its history Limassol was known as the city of fun and entertainment. One of the brightest annual events is definitely the Carnival. Although many cities and villages organize carnival events, Limassol hosts the largest and most colorful one in Cyprus.
When Does It Start?
50 days before Easter and 10 days before Lent on a Thursday. It is during what is called locally as Meat Week or Kreatini in Greek.
This is the last week of eating meat before the Lent period.
What Takes Place?
Festivities start with the Carnival King entering the city, decorated for the occasion.
Not Forgetting The Children...
On Sunday the youngest participate in the Children’s Parade and then the Serenaders’ shows become the focus of the event.
During the 10-day Carnival period many hotels and clubs organize fancy-dress parties.
During The Second Week...
The Sunday of the second week of the festivities known as Tyrini (Cheese Week, when cheese and other dairy products may be consumed) is the climax of the Carnival.
This is when the Grand Carnival Parade takes place.
Colorful floats and groups of fancy-dressed people, singing and dancing, move along the Makariou III Avenue in Limassol.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
When Is The Limassol Carnival This Year?
WAITING FOR 2013 CARNIVAL PROGRAMME TO BE PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH. GO TO BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR PROGRAMME IN GREEK. EVENT IS FROM 7TH MARCH TO 17TH MARCH 2013
The Carnival begins!
From the 21st until the 24th of February the Town Crier, will be announcing the beginning of the Carnival all around Limassol.
Monday 21 February
7.30p.m. Panos Solomonides Municipal Cultural Centre
The Limassol Municipality in collaboration with the Cyprus Photographic Society – Limassol Branch, will be organizing a Pancyprian Photographic Competition and Exhibition on the theme ‘Limassol Carnival’.
Duration of Limassol Carnival Event: 21 February – 4 March.
With the participation of the Ariones Choir and the Limassol Majorettes.
Tuesday 22 February - 7.30p.m. Townhall
The Limassol Municipality will be honouring old serenaders and guitarists: Panikos Michaelides, Roulis Pallikaropoulos and Totis Tsikouris – Trio Los Amigos. Speaker: Alekos Oratis
Wednesday 23 February - 6.30p.m. Theomaria Art Gallery (7 Vasilissis Karlottas & Elenis Paleologinas)
The Limassol Carnival Event in collaboration with the Theomaria Art Gallery will be organizing an exhibition and a workshop on creating ceramic masques. The workshop will be held from the 1st of February to the 5th of March.
7.30p.m. Art Studio 55 - 23Á Andrea Drousioti, Heroes’ Square
The Limassol Municipality in collaboration with Ikepana Group will be organizing an exhibition on the theme ‘Carnival 2011’. Duration: 23 February - 2 March.
The Georgalletos Serenaders’ Group participates.
The Mayor of Limassol Andreas Christou will inaugurate the Limassol Carnival exhibitions.
Thursday 24 February 12.00 (noon)
The Limassol Serenaders will be singing at Saripolou Square. The shop owners of Saripolou street invite you to a Carnival Feast.
2.00p.m. – 6.00p.m. Enaerios Parking Place
The Limassol Municipality co-organizes a Limassol carnival party with the student councils with music performed by a DJ.
6.30p.m. Town Hall
The Limassol Municipality in collaboration with the Limassol Union of Self-Educated Painters will be organizing an exhibition titled ‘Limassol Carnival 2011’.
The Mayor Andreas Christou will inaugurate the exhibition.
The ‘Queen of Amazons’ will be entering the town in a festive atmosphere on an illuminated float accompanied by the Limassol Serenaders, Ariones Choir, the Limassol Municipality Band, the Batucinio percussion instruments group, the Limassol Majorettes, the Mayor and the Municipal Council.
The parade will initiate from the Town Hall at 7.00p.m. and will pass by the following streets: Archiepiskopou Kyprianou, Athinon, Anexartisias, Ayiou Andreou, Karaiskaki (Municipal Library), Stasinou, Andrea Drousioti and terminate at the Heroes’ Square where a party will take place accompanied by the music group, Ritmo Di Carnaval.
Fireworks from the Town Hall start at 7.00p.m.
Friday 25 February 8.30p.m. Children’s Choirs, Rialto Theatre
Evening of serenades and carnival songs by the following children’s choirs: Student Orchestra of stringed instruments and the Choir of Papadakeion Municipal School of Music, Epilogi Music Workshop, the Gearmasogia Cultural Club Choir and Tsireio School Choir.
Saturday 26 February 10.00a.m.
The Limassol Antique Cars Club will drive around the city in a carnival mood.
Starting point: Enaerios Parking Place
Ending: Grigori Afxentiou Square (District Office Building)
11.00a.m. – 2.00p.m.Grigori Afxentiou Square (District Office Building)
The Limassol Municipality in collaboration with the CUT and the radio station Choice FM 104.3 will be organizing a treasure hunt (for information and participation call 25820820).
11.00a.m. The Municipality’s train will be touring around the city. The Youth Choir Epilogi will be on board of the train singing carnival songs.
Starting point: Limassol Co-operative Savings Bank (Gladstonos Street).
12.00 (noon) The Choir Tetrafonia of Limassol will be singing at “Pantopoleio” Restaurant at the First Municipal Market.
8.30p.m. A Carnival Ball will take place at Erma’s Auction Centre (48 Gladstonos Str).
The Childrens Limassol Carnival Parade
Sunday 27 February 11.30a.m. Children’s Limassol Carnival Parade
Starting Point: Sea front road (opposite Citizen Service Centre)
Ending:Fitidion Athletic Centre (close to the Municipal Zoo) All groups will be given participation diplomas.
6.00p.m. Serenaders’ Event at PERAMA with songs by Georgalletos Serenaders and dance performance by the dance school Alexastero. The event is dedicated to the memory of Giorgos Georgalletos.
7.00p.m. Serenaders’ Event at Hellenic Bank (Gladstonos 52) with songs by Ariones Choir, Limassol Serenaders and Monterni Keri Choir.
Free drinks and snacks will be offered.
Monday 28 February
Serenaders touring Limassol on illuminated floats:
7.00p.m. Ariones Choir will be singing at the areas of Petrou & Pavlou and Ayios Georgios Havouzas.
Tuesday 1 March
Serenaders touring Limassol on illuminated floats:
7.00p.m. Giorgalletos Serenaders will be singing at Ayia Fyla.
7.00p.m. Limassol Serenaders will be singing at Zakaki.
7.00p.m. Monterni Keri Choir will be singing at the areas of Apostolou Andrea and Ayios Ioannis.
8.30p.m. “Tuesday’s Carnival Fiesta”
Grigori Afxentiou Square (District Office Building)
People of all ages are invited by the Limassol Municipality to attend the event in disguised costumes and participate in different carnival spree with music and dancing. Carnival Costume Competition – Awards for the best three.
Wednesday 2 March
7.00 p.m. Serenaders’ Evening - Heroes’ Square Serenaders’ Evening with the participation of the following groups: Giorgalletos Serenaders, Monterni Keri Choir, EDON Serenaders and the Group of Cypriot Serenaders.
Thursday 3 March
8.30 p.m. Carnival Ball
Panos Solomonides Municipal Cultural CentreThe Dreams Choir and Elena Solea invite you to sing and dance to popular carnival hits, followed by a DJ. Carnival Costume Competition – Awards for the best three.
Friday 4 March 12 (noon)
The Group of Cypriot Serenaders will sing at Ayiou Andreou street & the Limassol Municipality invites you to a carnival feast.
Saturday 5 March
10.00a.m. The Limassol Antique Cars Club will drive around the city in a carnival mood.
Starting point: Enaerios Parking Place b>Ending: Grigori Afxentiou Square (District Office Building)
6.30p.m. Serenaders’ Parade
From 5.00p.m. Georgia Protopapa’s Vocal Ensemble, Emmelia Choir and the choir Mousikes Periplanisis will be singing at the Grigori Afxentiou Square.
Groups of Serenaders will gather at 6.00p.m. outside the Pattichion Municipal Theatre. At 6.30 p.m. they will start serenading, ending at the Grigori Afxentiou Square (District Office Building).
The Limassol Municipality invites you to sing and dance with the Serenaders.
Sunday 6 March
1.30p.m. Grand Carnival Parade Archbishop Makarios III Avenue
Starting Point: Ayios Nikolaos Round About
Ending: Simillides Traffic Lights
The parade will begin with the Serenaders, the Limassol Majorettes, the Batucinio percussion instruments group and the Limassol Municipality Band, followed by the ‘Queen of Amazons’ and her entourage, floats, individuals and groups of carnivalists.
All groups will be given participation diplomas.
During the parade, former carnivalists will be honoured by the Limassol Municipality for their precious contribution to the Limassol Carnival.
8.30p.m. Farewell Carnival Fiesta – Enaerios Parking Place
The Carnival will end with a grand outdoor Carnival Ball with carnivalists and music. Carnival Costume Competition – Awards for the best three. Fireworks start at 9.00p.m.
Contact & Updates
The programme is subject to unexpected changes, so if you want to be updated for the current programme of events check here before you go Limassol Carnival 2013 Programme (Greek) For information: Cultural Services, Limassol Municipality Tel. 25 342153 & 25 745919
The History Of The Limassol Carnival
Although this video is completely in greek, you don't need to understand the language to appreciate some of the visuals.
The pictures of Old Limassol are wonderful!
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