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Saturday, 16 January 2010

2010 Rijeka Carnival Starts It's 27th Season

Source: Croatian Times

Official Rijeka Karneval Website:

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The traditional, annual Rijeka International Carnival, a symbol of Rijeka and Kvarner - will be held from 17 January until 14 February 

What makes the Rijeka Karneval special is its particular mixture of the bourgeois style (Croatian, Venetian and Austrian) and ancient Croatian traditions, including Baroque, Renaissance and more modern motiffs.

   The carnival will start and end with a large 27th traditional parade passing through Rijeka city centre. There will be 10,000 participants in masked groups. 

(I'll take the one in the white)

City Mayor Vojko Obersnel said the city would donate 50,000 kunas (6,861 Euros) to Rijeka's shelter for the homeless. Obersnel called on companies to do the same. 

Rijeka carnival 2009 from Nulan Peric on Vimeo.

The rise in the industrialization economy of especially the port city of Rijeka and surrounding region created the basis for the newer Rijeka Carnival that we see today. Up till then the Central European Lenten Carnival season festivities revolved mainly around the main Masked Ball attended by the various nobles and guests, and the first floats of the parade were few. Above an image of one of the first floats from 1892. (The float reads "Vatrogastvo u godinu 2000" which in Croatian means "Firefighting in the year 2000")

Also besides all the concerts entertainment and parades, every year the Baroque to 19th century era themed Carnival charity ball is held in the former Governor's palace in Rijeka. It is attended by politicians, people from sport and media life, as well as a number of ambassadors. Interestingly the first official evidence of a carnival tradition in this region is in a prohibition document from 1449 – a provision of the City Council that prohibits the covering of the face with a mask (with the exception of guests of the masked ball in Kaštel Trsat), which at that time was severely punished. Over the later centuries the masquerade balls became more popular and frequently attended by Croatian aristocrats, princesses, barons, earls and countesses and even nobles from other parts of the Habsburg Monarchy and of Central Europe, Polish and even Russian aristocracy were known to have attended also. The weeks of colorful showcases, refined taste and dazzling creativity revive the spirit of traditional medieval carnivals which were celebrated both in the streets and in noble palaces. It recalls the historical and allegorical spectacle of the festivities, which were held in Rijeka and the Croatian crown lands during the Middle Ages, similar to the Czech Carnevale Praha/Prague Carnival masked balls and events and some other ones in Europe. But today they also have those knave fools, drummers, magicians and jugglers, just like in the movies.

Costumes and music.

Children have their own parade and events.

Lots of zany creative costumes.

Floats and more floats.

Crowds having a great time, lots of balloons.

Lots of pirate costumes.

The "Zvončari" (Bell Ringers), a custom which dates from pagan times in antiquity. The City of Rijeka carnival festivities have origins from the Middle Ages and are a particular blend of European middle-class carnivals with elements of old Croatian folklore and mythology. Official website:

Floats, music and events all through the night.   

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