The Carnival od Rijeka is an annual festival held in Rijeka, including numerous particular carnival festivities from its surrounding areas. A tradition that dates back to ancient days, with its authentic masks and groups which are a mix of European civil carnival heritage and elements of Slavic mythology (Bell ringers). Rijeka Carnival is one of the biggest European carnival events that begins with the handover of the city key by the Major to the Master of the Carnival and ends with a spectacular International Carnival Parade. It draws thousands of people from all around the Europe. Huge parades traipse through the streets of the city, whilst music and dancing set the city alight with life. Rijeka Carnival is a great cultural experience – amazing allegorical floats, numerous masks, thrilling performances and splendid company.
Dates of main events:
20.01.2017 – Rijeka Carnival Queen Pageant and Handover of the City Key
04.02.2017 – Carnival Snowboard Session
11.02.2017 – Masked “Paris-Bakar” Rally
18.02.2017 – Children’s Carnival Parade
26.02.2017 – International Carnival Parade / Burning of the “pust”