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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-01-20

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  • [01] Patras Carnival events kicked off

  • [01] Patras Carnival events kicked off

    AMNA--Events leading up to the main Patras Carnival parade on March 17 began in the western port-city on Saturday with several happenings and performances in the city centre and a street party that lasted late into the night.

    The Patras Carnival kicked off on Saturday in the city's Aghios Georgios Square at 11:00 a.m., with revelries lasting to Sunday, March 17, the eve of the Clean Monday holiday that marks the beginning of the 40-day Great Lent leading to Orthodox Easter. "Patras sends a message of joy and reversal of optimism and hope in search of the antidote to the crisis" said Patras mayor Yannis Dimaras inaugurating the Patras Carnival.

    The Carnival culminates on Sunday, March 17, with the grand parade of floats, winding up with the traditional burning of King Carnival, which is accompanied by fireworks displays.amna

    The western port city of Patras, home of Greece's first and longest-running Carnival, also pulled out all stops this year with a bevy of events that will also culminate in the theme float parade on Sunday.

    The city promises a number of surprises, with music, dance, various happenings, activities for children and street theater designed to spread cheer and a merrymaking atmosphere.amna

    Two musical scenes will also be set up along the Rigas Ferraios pedestrian street, where live music bands and orchestras will perform and troupes from dance schools will put on dance displays

    Street theaters will also put on a show complete with stilt walkers, puppet theater, and a Treasure Hunt organized by carnival float troupes.amna

    This year's Carnival King will also parade through the streets of the city center with due dignity, accompanied by the Carnival Queen and entourage on bicycles, winding up at Aghios Georgios Square where the official launch of the carnival season will be officially declared by Patras Mayor Yiannis Dimaras at 9:00 p.m. The traditional "chocolate war" will also be held, and a new song written for this year's Carnival will be presented for the first time.

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