Patras’ carnival is one of the most famous in Greece. The carnival festivities take place each year between mid January to mid February (various dates). It ends with the burning at the stake of the King of Carnival and a big parade of floats and costumed groups.
Thousands locals and tourists attend the carnival. Due to the numerous visitors during the carnival days and the high demand for accommodations it is recommended to check hotel rates and book rooms well in advance.
Patras’ Carnival has some unique characters such as the oath of the participants and their taking part in decorating the city.
Two effects mark the carnival’s start: The departure of the carnival’s train from Athens that goes through different cities up to Patras’, and the official appearance of the carnival’s queen.
Up to 30,000 functionaries take active part in the carnival that more than 300,000 people enjoy.
The carnival’s program, venue, lineup information show time / schedule of events, how to get, parking etc. is present in the carnival’s link website. See details below, under “Event Related Information” section.