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Carnival in Rethymnon

Carnival in RethymnonDuring the three week period leading up to the start of Lent, known in Greek as A-po-kri-es, several events are organised.  These include treasure hunts for children and adults and fancy dress parties hosted by the different carnival teams.  The festivities culminate with a grand parade through the main streets of Rethymnon on the Sunday before Clean Monday.

Greek Easter in 2015 falls on April 12th.

Below is the unofficial programme with the main carnival events.

 


Carnival 2015 Photos

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01/02/2015 - Sunday

Old Harbour, Rethymnon

Official Opening of the Carnival season.
Presentation of the coostumes
Official opening of the Rethymnon Carnival by the mayor Giorgos Marinakis
Concert with Overview - a Greek pop/dance band

Plateia Mikrasiaton / Old Town Square

18th annual Children's Treasure Hunt, organized by the Malaganes Team
An all-day event that starts at 9.30am


08/02/2015 - Sunday

Rethymnon Town

26th Annual Treasure Hunt, organized by the Malaganes Team


12/02/2015 - Thursday

Old Town, Rethymnon

Tsiknopempti - in the afternoon there is a children's party at the Lykeio Ellinidon, Beach Road, near the entrance to the Old Harbour. Starts at 3.30pm

Tsiknopempti - in the evening there is a Big Fancy Dress Party in the Old Town, with several sound systems dotted around the area.


19/02/2015 - Thursday

Old Town, Rethymnon

Masked Cycle Tour of the Old Town.
Starts from the Unknown Soldier Square from about 7.30pm


20/02/2015 - Friday

Old Town, Rethymnon

Traditional Cretan songs thought the streets of the Old Town.
Starts from the Unknown Soldier Square from about 7pm


21/02/2014 - Saturday

Centre of Rethymnon

Evening Parade - starts at around 9pm going from the Elina Hotel to the Town Hall, where Prince Carnival is welcomed by the town's officials, and then continues to the Old Town Square.


22/02/2015 - Sunday

Centre of Rethymnon

Grand Parade - starts at 2pm

Old Town Beach

'Burning' of King Carnival, after the parade has finished - around 7pm


23/02/2015 - Clean Monday

Villages in the Rethymnon area

Traditional Lenten customs in several villages in the Rethymnon area