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Thousands expected to enjoy Paphos carnival

Last year's carnival in Paphos

Thousands of participants and spectators are expected to enjoy Paphos carnival on Saturday.

“We are expecting around five thousand participants in this year’s parade and approximately twenty thousand spectators made up of locals, people from other towns and tourists from abroad,” Ermina Mais of Paphos municipality cultural department told the Cyprus Mail.

The main carnival parade will take place on Saturday at 3pm, starting from outside the Almyra hotel and heading along Poseidonos Avenue which runs parallel to the seafront, finishing up at the car park close to the archaeological park.

The municipality’s carnival theme this year is Africa and the carnival Queen will depict that, Mais said.

Following the parade, the queen’s escorts from the Jake Athanasiades dance school will host a party for everyone that wishes to attend, in the open air area close to Ta Bania in Kato Paphos, she said.

The Paphos carnival tradition started many years ago and the parade has been organised by municipality since 1983.

“We have fans of the Paphos carnival from all over the world, and many like to coincide their holidays along this period,” Mais said.

Fifty two floats are registered to take part and numerous groups, schools, businesses and associations will also be involved.

Ahead of the grand parade, Poseidonos Avenue and the surrounding roads in Kato Paphos will be closed to traffic from around midday.

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