Carnival Month is here! Prepare your costumes and let’s have fun!

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Carnival time in Cyprus. Costumes are ready, music is prepared, we only hope for nice weather. We have two weekends ahead with parades in all the cities on the island. 

The fun will begin with Tsiknopempti, or Smoky Thursday. By the sea, on the hills, in the mountains, everywhere you will find large groups of Cypriots celebrating Tsiknopempti. The meat is ready and the bags of charcoal were prepared days before.

Then we will celebrate the carnivals and then we will finish with Green Monday.

That will be the beginning of Lent before Orthodox Easter. On March 18th we will eat anything but meat and we will fly the kites. 

Dates of the Carnival

March 10th

First parades will take place on 10th of March, in Larnaca and Nicosia (Aglantzia).

Larnaca parade will start at 16:30, along the coastal front of Athens Avenue, also known as Finikoudes area. The street will be closed starting 1:00PM, so have this in mind if you are planing on going there.

Nicosia/Aglantzia parade will start a bit earlier, at 11:00 and you can watch it on Kerynias Avenue. 

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March 16th

Paphos Parade will be on March 16th, starting 15:30, from World War II monument and will finish at Evagoras Pallikarides Avenue.

March 17th

The last two Carnival Parades will be in Paralimni and in Limassol.

The biggest one on the island and the most famous one is in Limassol. The Great Carnival Parade will take place on Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, starting from the junction of Agios Nikolaos and finishing at Polemidion Traffic lights.

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All the action will start at 13:00, but don’t hurry up to go home when it is done because the final party will be at 21:00, at the Old Port Square. Here we will have the Outdoor Carnival Dance, free entry for all those who want to have fun.

The last parade of the year starts at 14:00 in Paralimni center. It might be a small place, but the parades here can be fun also.

In the week before the parades in all the cities, you will find parties in pubs and restaurants that you can attend.


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