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17.01.2016. - 10.02.2016. / Rijeka

Rijeka is, in many ways, a specific city and along with these specific features it has “that certain something” that makes it different from the rest of the world. “That certain something” is its fifth season. While everyone else's year has four seasons, Rijeka, stealing mostly from the winter and a bit from the spring, has created its own one-of-a-kind fifth season. Carnival is its name. And in Rijeka Carnival has always been written with a capital “C” and enjoyed wholeheartedly for as long as people can remember.

Rijeka's fifth season starts on 17th January, on the Feast Day of St. Anthony, or as the local people call it - Antonja. It starts with the raising of the carnival flag which always takes place in a different part of the city. And once the flag starts to flutter, the carnival wagons drive along one by one, seemingly in no particular direction, but, in fact, following a well-marked route as well as a well-planned itinerary. The particularity of the Rijeka's Carnival is that behind every, seemingly unplanned occurrence, there is a detailed carefully planned carnival procedure. Hours of deliberation, reaching agreements and acting. Lots of effort and sleepless nights.
And what is it that makes Rijeka's Carnival? First of all, the people through whose veins the “carnival blood” has been flowing for centuries, that is, the blood that has been passed down from generation to generation. But also a number of traditional, cultural, entertainment, sporting and similar events that, thrown into Rijeka’s carnival pot, create a unique “delicacy” of Rijeka, thus creating a brand!

The D Day of Rijeka's Carnival, that is, the Day of the big International Carnival Parade on February 7 is the sublimation of everything that preceded during the fifth season. It is a parade of Rijeka's distinctiveness based on the tradition that lives on even today cleverly contemplating its carnival future. Each stitch of the beautiful costumes, because Rijeka's Carnival is first and foremost beautiful and luxurious, each screw of its allegorical floats, each city and suburban carnival group reflects the distinctiveness of Rijeka– the dearest and the most beautiful city to us, and extremely interesting to the rest of the world.

At the end of the story, what remains is the invitation, because the best way to experience the Rijeka Carnival is to come here and live it with all your senses – Be what you want! Come to the Rijeka Carnival!

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Organized by

Town of Rijeka Tourist Board 
Užarska 14, HR-51000 Rijeka, Hrvatska

Kvarner, Discover your story Rijeka 2020 - European capital of culture