Carnival Patras

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Country and Region GreecePeloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian Islands
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Patras, Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian Islands, Greece
Festival Contact Information

(Old municipal hospital)
Korillon 2,
26225 Patrai, Greece
Phone: +30 2610 276836, or +30 2610 276540
Fax: +30 2610 225948

Festival Description

The Patras Carnival is where fantasy meets with reality, imagination and creativity! The history of the Patras Carnival reaches back to the 19th century where the first Carnival Ball in the capital of Achaia was held in the house of the merchant Moretis in 1829. The Carnival has been naturally influenced by the culture of the local inhabitants of the area ensuring that the Greek element remains dominant. For example confetti appeared in Carnival Balls in 1894 and chocolate throwing in 1899. At the beginning of the 20th century the Carnival was enriched by satirical floats, while at the same time the “Black Domino” Masked Ball was established. In 1941 and for the next ten years surrounding World War II the Patras Carnival did not take place. But, in 1951 the Patras people resurrected the event with the intention of making up for lost time and to enrich the Carnival with activities that continue to make it known all over the world. The turning point for the Carnival in taking the form that it has today was in 1966, with the introduction of the “Treasure Hunt Game”. It is not known when and how the beginning of the Patras Carnival was established to be on Saint Antonio’s name day, but this is the date when the first “boules” (balls—in fancy dress) appeared.

Festival Dates January 17 - February 14, 2011
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