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Limassol carnival to be led by two queens

Two women will have the lead roles in the Limassol carnival for the first time this year, which will feature two Carnival Queens, Limassol mayor Nicos Nicolaides said on Tuesday, when he also unveiled the carnival’s logo.

This year’s carnival – on the weekend of March 9-10 –will break from the long-standing tradition whereby a Carnival King and Queen is appointed to lead the 11-day-long festivities, as the two Queens of fun and happiness will take front stage after they are crowned on Tsiknopempti, or Stinky Thursday, which marks the beginning of the Carnival festivities.

A total of 121 carnival parade floats will take part in this year’s Limassol carnival.

The new logo, which depicts a lion, the symbol of the Limassol municipality, also includes the bright colours and playful patterns representing the lively celebrations of carnival.

The Limassol mayor also announced that the six finalists of last year’s serenade composition competition will perform their serenades on February 22, when the top three will be selected.
Nicolaides also highlighted the need for the creation of a museum for the Limassol carnival, for which he said the preliminary design is complete. It will be hosted in the Panos Solomonides cultural centre.

The aim of the municipality, Nicolaides added, is to publicly present the plans and proposals for the museum following approval from the municipal council.

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