in Rethymnon is the biggest on Crete, and one of the biggest in
the whole of Greece. The festivities culminate with a grand
parade through the town centre. This year around 9000 people from
33 carnival teams participated. Each team has its own
theme, people spend months working on costume design and on
constructing elaborate floats.
from the grand parade, a couple of highlights include:
Tsiknopempti—”Burnt Meat Thursday” Traditionally the day
to feast on grilled meat (this being one of the prohibited foods
during the Lenten fast—thus the name). This is the big night for
The Old Town, with street parties, music and fancy-dress.
The Rethymnon Treasure Hunt for adults. Here, local
groups try to solve cryptic clues relating to different
locations in town. In modern day Rethymnon this involves groups
of people frantically whizzing round on mopeds using their
mobiles to “phone a friend”.
The Evening Parade. The evening before the main
parade, you will find music, dancing and street theatre all