Carnival fun in Cyprus is almost synonymous with Limassol! The seaside town is notorious – and has even received international acclaim – for throwing the most spectacular and colourful fun-filled carnival events, culminating in a wild and wonderful grand carnival parade on the Sunday before the start of Lent (falling on March 10th this year.)
Locals plan their colourful outfits made months or weeks in advance, while revellers spill out onto the streets to dance and let loose like there’s no tomorrow! Always keen to throw a good party, the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol will be strumming to the wild carnival beat with a grand carnival ball taking place on March 9th, organised by the Ithaki Association (a non-profit organisation founded by Kanika Group offering relief and support for dementia patients) with a sumptuous buffet, live music to keep you on your toes, and plenty of drink to ensure the merriment lasts well into the night. Be sure to don your most flamboyant outfit, as prizes will be given for best costumes.
For those looking to combine their Limassol stay at Elias Beach Hotel with fun around the town, we’ve compiled a list of highlights for the young and young at heart to look forward to throughout the weekend of March 9th and 10th!
Saturday 9th March
Children’s train tours: 10.30am
Carnival is heaps of fun for adults, but it’s even more thrilling for kids who get to dress up as their favourite heroes and characters. And now, the little ones can hop on the Limassol Municipality children’s train for fun tours around the city; just take them down to Hellenic Bank on Gladstonos Street from where the trains will be setting off.
Classic car parade: 3pm
Love vintage cars? Then be sure to watch out for the Limassol Classic Cars Club driving around the city in a carnival mood, starting at the Enaerios Parking Place and ending at Grigori Afxentiou Square (in front of the District Office Building).
Serenader’s parade: 7.30pm
You really can’t talk about carnival in Cyprus without talking about serenaders, known as ‘Kantadori’. Making their appearance in the late 1940s, they were known to roam the streets with guitars and mandolins, often singing under balconies with songs about the beauty of Limassol, the pleasure of life and the carnival celebrations!
The upcoming Serenader’s Parade should be music to your ears, taking place in front of the Town Hall where the Limassol Municipality invites everyone to sing and dance along with a group of happy musicians who will be parading towards Grigoris Afxentiou Square.
Sunday 10th March
Grand Carnival Parade: Starts 1pm
Hands down the grandest event of them all! All the action will be taking place down Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, staring at Ayios Nikolaos roundabout and ending at the Polemidia Traffic Lights. What can you expect? Anything and everything! This year, carnival Queens will be leading the show, and their flamboyance will be accentuated with carnival music, extravagant floats, groups of people dancing in outrageous gear, a brass band, percussion instrument groups, and the list goes on.
Farewell carnival fiesta: 9pm
Not ready to take your dancing shoes off? Wave goodbye to the carnival at the Old Port Square, with a fiesta and DJ music to leave you grooving until the wee hours. And if you’ve gone all out with your costume, you may well be up for some recognition as awards will be given to the best three participants.
For the full programme of this year’s Limassol Carnival celebrations visit:
For more information on celebrations at Elias Beach Hotel call +357 25 636000.