Xanthi's Great Carnival and Parade

Xanthi 671 00, Greece

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The Carnival in Xanthi is incomparable and offers an unforgettable experience for anyone lucky enough to visit this northern city at Carnival time. The event stands out for its focus on the traditions and folklore of the region, though a modern approach is taken which is free of extraneous elements and graceless influences. People gyrate in disguise through the streets, playing pranks and generally having a good time. Over 40 cultural associations participate in the Carnival program and set up their stalls in the streets of the city to wine and dine the guests with plenty of local wine and delicacies. Numerous folk and cultural celebrations will take place as part of the famous carnival. The festivities which take place during the period of the carnival include concerts, theatre plays, music and dance nights, exhibitions, a cycling event, games on the streets, and re-enactments of old customs. Why not take a look at the Folk Parade, where folk dance groups from the town’s Cultural Associations and guest groups from all over Greece parade, dancing and singing through different neighbourhoods of the town? Let yourself be spellbound by the magic of the Carnival Night Parade, when all the participating crews of the Great Sunday Carnival Parade march past your eyes dancing to a delirious Carnival rhythm. The parade ends up in the Central Square, where the feast continues with a wild party. The highlight of the Carnival celebrations is the Great Carnival Parade (float parade) on the evening of the final day. Floats with thousands of masked revellers fill the streets of the town with music and colors to accompany the King of the Carnival. The celebration culminates late at night with the ceremonial burning of the effigy of the King on the banks of the River Kóssynthos.

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