Baroque carnival in Corfu

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The island of Corfu most resembles the Carnival that takes place in Venice, Italy. For more than 450 years, the Carnival brings out the most colorful Baroque costumes. Besides a big parade, a local street theater performance called the Petegoletsia draws a sizeable crowd. The famous Carnival of Corfu has its roots in the Middle Ages, when the Venetians conquerors of the island brought this custom back from their homeland. Today, the Carnival of Corfu resembles a lot to the Carnival of Venice and includes many funny happenings. It usually takes place at the end of February or early March with much popularity. The most famous happening of the Carnival is the Great Parade that takes place in Liston and Spianada square. People dressed in strange customs join groups and spread to the entire island a spirit of festivity. The parade is accompanied with local music and dancing. At the end of the parade, there follows the burning of the King Carnival, which is said to carry the sins of the locals. The King Carnival is burnt in a bonfire among great partying and dancing. An interesting custom associated to the Carnival is the enactment of the Corfiot Petegoletsia, which means the Gossip. This is a form of a street theater, where actors sit in windows overlooking the alley of the Old Town and exchange gossip, in local dialect. These gossips might refer to political authorities or local scandals. Source:

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