One of the biggest and most distinctive European carnivals is a special combination of European urban carnivals, relying primarily on Venetian and Austrian folklore elements and old Slavic mythology.
Starting with only three local carnival groups and a hundred participants in 1982, Rijeka Carnival has developed into an international event that now attracts over ten thousand participants from a dozen countries. The 2014 edition kicks off 2014 with a vibrant range of masked ceremonies, street concerts, exhibitions, shows and parties. Beginning in 1982, the traditional carnival aims to banish the forces of evil through good humour, imagination and originality which is reflected in the floats, masks and costumes on display during the Grand Parade. Attracting thousands of visitors every year, the masked madness also features the Rijeka Carnival Queen Parade, the handover of the town keys to the Master of the Carnival and the popular Children’s Carnival Parade.
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