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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

"Rijeka Karneval" Celebrating 30th Anniversary

Much more information at the official "Rijeka Karneval" website:

I've already mentioned the annual "Rijeka Carnival" a few times here, but this years edition is the official 30th anniversary. The history of masked balls and related festivities actually goes back to the turn of the last century though, the continuation of 19th century European masked balls and events right up until it's official birth as the "International Rijeka Karneval" 1982, then inclusion in 1995 in the official  "Federation of European Carnival Cities."  Today the "Rijeka Karneval"  is the 3rd largest carnival in the world.  Not much for me to add here, check out my previous posts at the links below for more info and media.  Also, if you're in the area, don't forget to check out the carnivals' calendar of events. (Very important)  There are children themed parades and activities/events, but also importantly various charity balls and events going on as well.  So while you're dressed up as a wacked out psychadelic 18th century Boba Fett-Pirate character, you can have fun and support good causes as well.

(I like doing posts like this,  it shows that economic aside, (the economic crises has hit Croatia particularly hard, especially with rebuilding expenses from the 90's), however there are many things that make up for it. It shows that these kinds events & festivals that are found all across the country, the atmosphere, what  Croatians are about,  the natural beauty, history,  the summer related activities..etc, still make Croatia, or Rijeka in this case,  a desired and pretty interesting and fun place to live if you ask me. Definitely not for the mall hanger-arounder types, that's for sure "Though shalt not judge a nation by the number of it's mall food courts or mall food court fuckos")

Previous related posts: rijeka-carnival-2012-just-around-corner






Rijeka Carnival celebrating 30th anniversary


The carnival in Rijeka compared to other cities in Croatia is probably the biggest and most popular at this time. Various traditions and the scope of this festival that lasts from January 31st until February 5th made the Rijeka Carnival a not to miss event for everyone loving to dress up.

The big parade that goes across the town is not only made out of local groups and participants but also of many international guests who were invited to contribute to the fun and masquerade. One of the traditions includes a beautiful female mask that is chosen to be the pageant queen and another is the 'Maestro' of the carnival who receives the key of the town gates from the mayor of Rijeka to rule instead of him during the carnival festivities. At the and they burn the 'fasnik', a huge stuffed doll as a symbol of all the misfortune that happened last year.

It is interesting to know that the children of Rijeka have their own special parade that happens on the city's promenade.

An interesting perspective highlight montage from last years main parade of the Rijeka Karneval.

Carnival Rijeka from Marin Tomulic / SPIRO on Vimeo.


We are coming closer to another Rijeka's fifth season, and this year will be specially festive because it's the 30th anniversary of the most famous and most colorful parade in Croatia – International Carnival Parade of Rijeka Carnival.

As usual, a great number of participants are expected in more than 100 carnival groups, but also ever growing number of viewers, both on Rijeka's Korzo, in front of TVs, and those who watch the Parade via direct Internet streaming. Preparations are underway, programs are being organized, costumes are being sewn... and a new edition of one of the best and unique parties in Europe is around the corner.

The overall program of Rijeka Carnival 2013 is in our Calendar of events.

2011 Rijeka Carnival highlights.

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.


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