It’s been one century, since a group of people from Rethymno – with optimistic mood and open heart to every pleasant challenge – decides to put some colour to the everyday life of the city, during the Carnival season.
So, in 1914 the first Carnival of Rethymno was organized, bringing the original mark of the intentions of the people of Rethymno. Through the years, these intentions turned into actions that exceeded every time the expectations of their inspirers and finally turned to be an amazing event: the Carnival of Rethymno, a live organism, tending to reverse the natural route of life: the “older” it’s getting the better it is becoming!
This year’s carnival subject is focused on this inversion and invites whoever deeply hopes for better days, whoever sees rainbow colors beyond grey to be part of the large, emotional and fresh Team of the Carnival of Rethymno and share, create, have fun and experience things that nobody wants to miss.
We invite you to create and share this experience, having in our mind and our heart the fact that when people cooperate, every day becomes special and life itself becomes more beautiful. It is as simple as that.
GRANT PARADE OF 102t RETHYMNO'S CARNIVAL
Many years before...After nearly a century of celebrating the carnival, it is time to bid farewell and to pass on the carnival tradition to modern times.
Since 1914 beautiful Renaissance Rethymnon has been celebrating the carnival with its many humoristic events. A carnival of another era leaving behind its nostalgic aroma of romantic balls and the Rethymnians through laughter and their comical antics paying their tribute to "His Excellence, The King of the Carnival."
The Treasure Hunt, an old custom dating back to when the Carnival of Rethymno began about a century ago, was the reason for the creation of 'teams' in 1990, which would give birth once again to this age-old tradition.
In 1993, the Municipality of Rethymnon decided to help fund this popular event and requested the teams to take on the challenging task of creating and organising the Carnival of Rethymnon, which has become the most popular and famous Carnival of Crete!
The Organizing Committee of the Carnival welcomes you:
Stelios Sampson, Pepi Mpirliraki - Mamalaki, Ntinos Fragakos, Diamantoula Delimpasi, Giannis Dramilarakis, Thanasis Stavroulakis.
Schedule of events
Your diary for the 2016 Rethymno's Carnival.
Thuersday 10/03/2016 City tour on bicycle
19:00 Agnostos Square
Friday 11/03/2016 Cretan Serenades
Traditional Cretan Serenades will fill the streets of the old town of Rethymno, participating the Orchestra of traditional music from the Music School of Rethymno.
18:30 All over the old town. 20.30 Party at Agnostos square
Saturday 12/03/2016 Kid’s parade
17:00 Meeting at “Astali” hotel
Party at 2nd Primary School
Sunday 13/03/2016 The Grand Parade
14:00 Big parade of carnival floats - teams. Meeting & departure point at Theotokopoulou interchange
19:00 Closing ceremony - burning of the King Carnival along the beach front of the old town of Rethymno
Monday 14/03/2016 Ash Monday
12:00 Rethymno – traditional events at the beach front of the old town of Rethymno (El. Venizelou Str.)