Cyprus Mail

Carnival crowd estimated at over 100,000

A colourful carnival parade was staged in Limassol on Sunday afternoon as characters from current affairs, fairytales and fantasy took the street for a five-hour parade in from of an estimated 100 thousand people.

Limassol mayor Nikos Nikolaides said the carnival was the biggest ever with 103 floats and 40,000 revellers taking part.

The weather also helped draw large crowds of both locals and tourists to Limassol’s Makarios Avenue.

The parade kicked off with an extravagant ceremony that included fireworks and a paper ware after which the mayor gave honorary plaques to veterans of the carnival.

Leading the parade were this year’s two queens; of joy and craziness, who were played by Monica Pieridou and Maria Nikolaidou.

Floats taken from everyday life, to fair tales to economic, sporting and political life included references to political leaders, tall building, the co-op and the national health scheme Gesy.

The 11 days of revellery ends on Sunday evening with a carnival dance at the old port starting at 9pm.

A smaller carnival was also staged in Ayia Napa while the Paphos event was held on Saturday.

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