PAPHOS is gearing up for a weekend of celebrations which include the town’s carnival parade on Saturday.
A spokesman for the municipality cultural service told the Cyprus Mail that thousands of people are expected to participate in this year’s parade.
“We have 60 floats and large groups of people registered for this year and some of the larger groups will have fifty or so people. It’s hard to gauge exact numbers, we always ask for these, but its fluid,” he said.
Tonight (Friday) the Grand Carnival Ball will be held at the Annabelle Hotel at 8 pm and prizes for the best costumes will be handed out.
This year’s King of the Carnival is King Agapinor, who is reputed to be the ‘founder’ of Paphos.
“The theme relates to this, as it’s a time of new projects and rebuilding the town,” he said.
Last year’s carnival King was themed ‘The Punisher’ as a satirical dig at the widespread abuse of power and corruption by disgraced officials which had just hit the town.
According to the spokesman, cheerleaders and musical groups will also be participating and this year young children from kindergarten and nursery schools will lead the parade
The parade usually takes place along Grivas Dighenis Avenue which runs through the town, but has moved to Kato Paphos this year due to ongoing roadworks.
The Paphos Carnival parade will take place on Saturday at 3pm, starting form close to Almyra Hotel. It will travel along Poseidonos Avenue which runs along the seafront, ending at the parking area close to the archaeological park in Kato Paphos.
Paphos municipality announced that a number of roads near the carnival route will be closed on Saturday from 1pm until 6pm. These will include Apostolos Avenue, Paphiana Aphrodite and Artemidos Street.
They have requested that drivers comply with traffic controls and noted that traffic police and traffic wardens will be on duty.
“There are a number of car parking areas close by, such as the harbour car park, a further one behind Ayiou Antoniou Street aka Bar Street, and another a short walk away, next to SODAP beach,” he said.
On Monday, March 14 – Green Monday – a traditional ‘feast’ along with kite flying and other games will take place at the area of Faros Beach (lighthouse) in Kato Paphos from 12 noon.
For further information, call the Paphos municipality cultural services on 26935523 and 26822218.