Each year the King of the Carnival reflects a different theme- this year it’s Rio, famous for its raucous Carnival festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers. Paphos’ celebrations will take place from February 8- 17, and the entrance of the King of the Carnival which traditionally signals the start of the ten day celebrations, will take place at 3.30pm on Thursday, February 8.
The parade will make its way along the avenue and around the old town before ending up at Kennedy Square at 4.30pm, where festivities will continue with a carnival feast of food and drink and a music programme by ‘Odyssey.’
The annual municipality ‘Grand carnival dance’ will be held at the Aloe Hotel on Friday February 16 at 8pm. The popular contest for best costume will again go ahead with awards for individuals, couples and groups, where winners will receive cash prizes.
The main carnival parade will take place on Saturday February 17 at 3pm, heading along Poseidonos Avenue in Kato Paphos which runs parallel to the seafront. Floats will assemble at Almyra hotel and the parade will conclude at the car park of the archaeological park.
Along with the participation of dozens of floats, the Paphos municipal band, cheerleaders and other musical groups, thousands of locals and visitors are expected to attend and participate.
During the entrance of the King of the Carnival and the grand parade, central roads and those leading off them will be closed to traffic in Paphos town and Kato Paphos.