It’s been one century, since a group of people from Rethymno – with optimistic mood and open heart to every pleasant challenge – decides to put some colour to the everyday life of the city, during the Carnival season.
So, in 1914 the first Carnival of Rethymno was organized, bringing the original mark of the intentions of the people of Rethymno. Through the years, these intentions turned into actions that exceeded every time the expectations of their inspirers and finally turned to be an amazing event: the Carnival of Rethymno, a live organism, tending to reverse the natural route of life: the “older” it’s getting the better it is becoming!
This year’s carnival subject is focused on this inversion and invites whoever deeply hopes for better days, whoever sees rainbow colors beyond grey to be part of the large, emotional and fresh Team of the Carnival of Rethymno and share, create, have fun and experience things that nobody wants to miss.
We invite you to create and share this experience, having in our mind and our heart the fact that when people cooperate, every day becomes special and life itself becomes more beautiful. It is as simple as that.
GRAND PARADE OF RETHYMNO'S CARNIVAL 2020
The official TV Spot of Rethymno's Carnival 2019.
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Many years before...After nearly a century of celebrating the carnival, it is time to bid farewell and to pass on the carnival tradition to modern times.
Since 1914 beautiful Renaissance Rethymnon has been celebrating the carnival with its many humoristic events. A carnival of another era leaving behind its nostalgic aroma of romantic balls and the Rethymnians through laughter and their comical antics paying their tribute to "His Excellence, The King of the Carnival."
The Treasure Hunt, an old custom dating back to when the Carnival of Rethymno began about a century ago, was the reason for the creation of 'teams' in 1990, which would give birth once again to this age-old tradition.
In 1993, the Municipality of Rethymnon decided to help fund this popular event and requested the teams to take on the challenging task of creating and organising the Carnival of Rethymnon, which has become the most popular and famous Carnival of Crete!
The Organizing Committee of the Carnival welcomes you:
Popi Diniakoy, Thomas Krevetzakis, Renia Tsixlaki, Pepi Mpirliraki, Giwrgos KSirakis, Manos Palafoytis, Rafail Manousakis, Mixalis Petrakakis, Diamantoyla Delimpasi. ORGANIZATION: MUNICIPALITY OF RETHYMNO - Κ.Ε.ΔΗ.Ρ. (Κοινωφελής Επιχείρηση Δήμου Ρεθύμνης) (Public Company of Rethymno)
Responsible for Sectors 2020:
Costumes: Giwrgos Pediavitakis, Amalia Mathioudaki, Despoina Kouklinou, Maria Fwtaki, Kwstas Fetokakis. City Decoration : Katerina Manetaki, Diamantoyla Delimpasi. Apothikes: Antwnis Aleksakis, Thodwris Kelarakis, Nikos Manousakis, Mixalis Petrakakis, Giannis Sidiropoulos. Propompoi-Street parties: Eleni Fanourgaki. Teleti Enarksis: Nikos Mixalas. Kantades: Άkis Plaitis. Bike Parade: Mixalis Tatarakis. Carnival Run: Mixalis Kapsalakis, Maria Stavroulaki. Tsiknopempti: Xristos Aleksakis, Kwstas Fetokakis. Kids Parade: Giwrgos Pediavitakis, Stefania Fragkiadaki, Gewrgia Stavroulaki, Valantis Xompis, Maria Kitraki, Dianantoyla Delimpasi, Thodwris Kelarakis, Nikos Manousakis. Night Parade: Giwrgos Xasikos, Antwnis Aleksakis, Mixalis Petrakakis, Giannis Sidiropoulos, Lewnidas Piskopakis. Geniki Perifroyrisi: Natasa Dilinta, Lewnidas Piskopakis. Kathara Deftera: Pepi Mpirliraki
Events' program of Carnival in Rethymno, 2020
Thursday 30/01/2020 Opening Ceremony of Rethymno Carnival 2020
17:30 Guora Gate Kids party with music and events by the Creative Activities for Kids Center of K.E.D.I.R. 18:30 The Carnival King, with the companionship of young and old friends, begins his usual walk on the streets of the Old Town Platia Agnostou Stratioti 19:30 Arrival of Carnival King 20:00 Announcement of the official opening of the Rethymno Carnival 2020, by the Mayor of Rethymnon, Mr. Giorgis Marinakis. Presentation of the theme and poster of 2020. Presentation of the crews of Rethymno Carnival 2020. Dance activities by Rethymno Dance Schools. 21:00 Live concert with Stavento
Saturday 01/02/2020 & Sunday 02/02/2020 23rd Kids' treasure hunt & 5th Teenage treasure hunt
Friday 14/2/2020 Dance of the teams of Treasure Hunt
Saturday 15/02/2020 & Sunday 16/02/2020 31st Treasure Hunt
Tuesday 18/02/2020 Old Greek Cadets
Thursday 20/02/2020 Tsiknopempti
Saturday 22/02/2020 Party of Ο.Ρ.Κ.
Friday 28/02/2020 Traditional Cretan Cadets
The traditional ensembles of the Rethymno Music School with students and teachers, musicians of our city and the Rethymno Carnival Groups revive the Cretan tradition. 19:00 Starting from the Platia Agnostou Stratioti and ending at Pigadi (Guora Gate) Music School Officer: Ilias Piteris Moderator: Akis Plaitis
Saturday 29/02/2020 Children's Parade
Saturday 29/02/2020 Night Parade
Sunday 01/03/2020 The Big Parade
BIG PARADE 14:00 Announcement of the opening of the Big Parade by the Mayor of Rethymnon, Mr. Giorgis Marinakis. Launch of the 2020 Rethymno Carnival Big Parade and Chariots' Parade from Comvos Theotokopoulou CLOSING CEREMONY 18:30 Rethymno Carnival 2020 Closing Ceremony on the beach (El. Venizelos) Burning of Carnival King's chariot
Monday 02/03/2020 Kathara Deytera