With the events for this year's Famagusta Carnival already underway, preparations behind the scenes for Sunday's main carnival parade in Paralimni are nearly complete.
During the region’s recent Tsiknopempti ‘Smoky Thursday’ celebrations, Maria Armenaki, was officially crowned Famagusta’s Carnival Queen 2018. Depicting Aphrodite of Cavo Greco, Armenaki a previous Miss Cyprus, entered Paralimni Square on a float before the crown was passed on by last year's Carnival Queen, Florina Omirou.
The aim of this year's theme is to remind people of the area’s natural beauty. Ruins of an ancient temple can also be seen in the area, where a two kilometre nature trail is said to trace the goddess of beauty’s steps.
Last Thursday's Tsiknopempti event marked the official start of Agia Napa and Paralimni’s joint 10 day long carnival celebrations.
35,000 locals & visitors are expected to attend the carnival events according to the Mayor of Paralimni, Theodoros Pyrillis. At a recent press conference he welcomed the successful collaboration between the Municipalities of Paralimní and Agia Napa.
An open invite was given for all to attend and welcome this year's carnival: "to party to the carnival rhythms, to dance, to have fun and to indulge in carnival madness!!!"
Saturday 17/2: 8:00pm - Night time Carnival Parade together with the Batukinio percussion group & Cheerleaders. Starting at the old Post Office in Paralimni the parade will be followed by a street party at the Metropolitan square.
Sunday 18/2: 2:00pm - The main Famagusta carnival 2018 parade from Paralimni second primary school.
Check out the carnival video advert below (Greek language) to get a flavour of what to expect: