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Rethymnno Carnival 2017

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Song: Carnival of Rethymno

Song: Carnival of Rethymno


The official song of the Carnival of Rethymno by Fones tou Notou

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:

Stelios Samson, Pepi Birliraki, Manos Palafoytis, Delimpasi, Thanasis Diamanta Stavroulakis George Hasikos.

Responsible for Sectors:

Antonis Alexakis, Christos Alexakis, Stamatis Gavalas, Ioannis Dramilarakis, Thodoris Kelarakis, Peter Klapsinos, Popi Kryobrysanaki, Katerina Manetaki, Nikos Markantonis, George Nastos, George Papadosifos, Helen Patsachaki, George Pediabitakis, Michael Piskopakis, Akis Plaitis, Rena Seiragaki, Yannis, Dimitrios Skarvelis Skouloudis, Michael Starakis, Giorgos Stavroulakis, Stefania Fragkiadaki, Valantis Chompis.

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Schedule of Events Rethymno Carnival 2017

Τhe 2017 Rethymno's Carnival schedule of events...


  • Sunday 22/01/2017 2the Teenage treasure hunt 'The dilemma'

    2nd Teenage treasure hunt 'The dilemma'
    Organisation: Anixneutes

  • Saturday 28/01/2017 Forerunner in Heraklion

    12:00 Forerunner in Heraklion. The shouter of the Rethymno Carnival in the center of Heraklion.
    10:30 Departure from 4 Martyres Square.

  • Wednesday 01/02/2017 Forerunner at Nick. Foka

    17:30 Forerunner at Nick. Foka. The shouter of the Rethymno Carnival will be at the former City Hall of Nik. Foka.
    17:00 Departure from 4 Martyres square.

  • Saturday 04/02/2017 Opening Ceremony Rethymno Carnival 2017

    18:00 - 19:30 Opening events...

    19:30 The Οfficial Opening of the Rethymno Carnival 2017 See more details bellow...

  • 04 & 05/02/2017 20the Children's treasure hunt 2017 "journey to an unknown planet»

    20the Children's treasure hunt 2017 "journey to an unknown planet». University of Crete, Gallos area
    Organizer: Anixneutes

  • Friday 10/02/2017 Party of the groups for the 28the treasure hunt 2017

    Party of the groups for the 28the treasure hunt 2017 - Megaro Hall
    Organizer: Anixneutes

  • Saturday 11/02/2017 Guinness record

    Attempt to beat the Guinness record for largest treasure hunt in the world!

  • 11-12/02/2017 28th treasure hunt "An(t)axios"

    Organizer: Anixneutes

  • Tuesday 14/02/2017 Serenades of another era

    19:00 the Municipal Chorus of Rethymno, the European Section of the Music School Choir and Musicians of our city, together with the Carnival teams will revive the Kantada custom along the streets of the old town. It will begin at Agnosto Stratioti square and it will end at Megali Porta.

  • Wednesday 15/02/2017 Children's party at the Periigitikis club Hall

    17:00 Children's party at the Periigitikis club Hall
    Organizers: Periigitiki Club


  • Wednesday 15/02/2017 Art Workshops "Heroes of Carnival! Which hero do you want to be? "

    18:30-20.30 Carnival program from the Museum of contemporary art of Crete (KEDIR.) – Art Workshops for adults and children, with the theme: "Heroes of Carnival! Which hero do you want to be? " at the Museum of contemporary art of Crete (Messolongi 32, Old Town). Telephone number is essential. Free admission

  • Thursday 16/02/2017 Tsiknopepmti

    Barbeque and Dance throughout the city of Rethymno with the Carnival groups!
    See all events in detail...

  • Friday 17/02/2017 The Dance of the Rethymno Carnival 2017

    Theme: "House of horror". Dance, food, drink, entertainment and presentation of theatrical-satirical skits from the Rethymno Carnival Groups.
    20:00 PELAGOS HALL - Organizer: Rethymno Carnival Groups. Entrance fee 15euro.

  • Saturday 18/02/2017 Forerunner in Chania

    12:00 Forerunner in Chania. The shouter of the Rethymno Carnival at the Market Square.
    10:30 Departure from 4 Martyres Square

  • Saturday 18/02/2017 Art Workshops "Masks with the technique of gypsogazas"

    12:30-14:30 Carnival program from the Museum of contemporary art of Crete (KEDIR.) – Art Workshops for children with the theme: "Masks with the technique of gypsogazas" in the Visual laboratories (Himaras 8). Necessary to booking by phone; Entrance free

  • 19 to 23/02/2016 City Festival in Mikrasiaton square

    From 19:00 until 22:00 every evening musical ensembles and artistic groups of pupils and students who will present their work!
    Daily from 17:00-19:00 workshops art work and disguises for children and not only.

  • Thursday 23/02/2016 Bike ride around town for kids and adults

    19:00 Agnosto Stratioti Square. Friends of cycling disguised along with their bikes go on the most crazy, colourful and fun bike ride of the year filling the streets of the old town with fun, imagination, bicycles and masqueraders. The action is supported by the Cycling Club of Rethymno and the Climbing Club of Rethymno. It will end Mikrasiaton Square.

  • Friday 24/02/2017 Cretan traditional Serenades.

    19:00 From the square of the Agnosto Stratioti. The children of the music school of Rethymnon, the musicians of our city and the Teams of the Rethymno Carnival will revive the custom of Cretan Serenade.
    20.30 Ending with a Cretan feast by musicians of our city at mikrasiaton square.

  • Saturday 25/02/2017 Children's parade & Night Parade

    17:00 Beginning at Theotokopoulou junction
    18:30 Ending and kids party in the courtyard of the 3rd high school. Party at Periigitiki Club (St. Francis Street) at the end of the parade-organised by CLUB PERIIGITES

    21:00 Night parade Starts from the junction Theotokopoulou. A Group of Brazilian percussionist Batala Creta will take part
    22:30 Ending with live concert with Nikiforo at mikrasiaton square.

  • Sunday 26/02/2017 Parade of teams and floats

    Parade of teams and floats / 14:00 Beginning at Theotokopoulou junction. Dj party at the square. Polytechneio (Sohora)
    See all the events here...

  • Monday 27/02/2017 Ash Monday

    Traditional Koulouma!
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Opening Ceremony Rethymno Carnival 2017

Saturday 04 February 2017

18:00 Megali Porta.

Carnival stroll through the streets of the old town, with the Carnival King. The procession ends at the square of Agnosto Stratioti.

19:00 Agnosto Stratioti square. Salutation from the Carnival King

19:30 The Οfficial Opening of the Rethymno Carnival 2017 from the Mayor of Rethymno George Marinakis and presentation of the theme and the poster of 2017. Next follows the presentation of the costumes of the teams that will take part in the Carnival of 2017.

20:30 Concert with SBARAQUACK in a non-stop live program with Funk, Disco, Rock ' n roll and Balkan rhythms and many more surprises!

Τελετή Έναρξης


Traditional Custom: a day of meat eating before lent and fasting begin!

Hatzidakis & Paren Siganou 3, with ANEMOMYALOYS

In front of the Cafe Centro, 4 square, witnesses ARKALOI

In Net Cafe in e.g.lateia 4 Witnesses, DAKTYLODEIChTOYMENOI

Outside the Galero (Fontana Rimonti), saying "I want to be with tonight with bouzouki go!", the EMIS and EMIS

Paleologos (Logia), ASChETOI


Ierolochiton square since 20:00 with the PARTALIA, the RAKODIKASMENOYS and the TSAPATSOYLIDES

Multilingual language school (Theotokopoulou 29), with the BLURRED

Sisses, with the ALLADANARIDES

Μεγάλη Παρέλαση

Parade of teams and floats

Sunday February 26, 2017

14:00 Beginning at Theotokopoulou junction. Presentation by Rania Kostaki and Pandelis Spiridakis. 15:00 Dj party at the square. Polytechneio (Sohora)

18:30 El. Venizelos. Closing Ceremony Reth. Carnival 2017 / Burning of King Carnival, spectacular show with Fireworks / Live Concert with MALOU / Mikrasiaton Square street party FROM the GROUP of ALLANTALLWN (after the end of the parade)

Ash Monday

Monday February 27th, 2017

MUNICIPALITY OF RETHYMNO PERIVOLIA 12:30 Traditional Koulouma with bean soup at the parking Perivolia (Gorgopotamos & Kalogeraki). Organised By: Municipality Of Rethymno – KEDIR & Cultural Association Perivolion – Myssirion «Emmanuel Pachlas '.

GERANI 10:00 the battle of the kites. 12:30 the parade of the camel. Koulouma with kites Carnival events and sarakostiana dishes. Organizer: Cultural Association "the pride" Gerani.

ARMENI 12:00 Revival of the custom smudge with traditional koulouma.

ELEYTHERNA11:30 Revival of traditional custom of Mpegiraki and moytzoyrwmata by young people of the village. Treats by the cultural Association of Eleftherna.

ROYSSOSPITI Traditional koulouma and kite-flying by the cultural association Royssospitioy and the Carnival group ARKALOI.

SOMATAS 11:30 The cultural association Swmata offers traditional bean soup.

FOTEINOY 11:00 Traditional koulouma, bean soup and kite-flying. Organizer: Cultural Association Of Foteinou.

MUNICIPALITY OF MILOPOTAMOS - MELIDONI 12:00 Aygomazwma and 14:00 Stealing of the bride and Kantis

MUNICIPALITY OF AMARIOY – MERWNAS 12:30 MERWNAS Traditional events, games, music, with the participation of everyone.

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