Patrino Karnivale – A Greek Tradition

Celebrating Carnival in Greece


I love hearing about traditions from other countries and this week I am pleased to introduce Mary from The Boondocks Blog to tell us about the Greek Tradition of Carnival or Patrino Karnavali as it is know in Greece.

“Patrino Karnavali” is the biggest carnival event in Greece and has been part of history for 180 years.  Usually,  the events begin on 17 January each year and last until Ash Monday.

Mary shares here experience with us and writes……

Hi all!  It’s Mary visiting all the way from Greece and the Boondocks blog. The reason I call it that is because I’m a city girl who has been living in the country these past 20 years and so it feels a bit like the boondocks to me.

I am here to talk about one of our many traditions – and we have a lot. Every year we start the Lent period at about this time of year but a few days before we begin the serious job of fasting we have a big blow out in the form of a carnival celebration.

The carnival is celebrated throughout the whole country and in some cities there is a big to do.  In our neck of the woods the locals celebrate by having parades and floats.  The other day, I was fortunate enough to catch the parade at a nearby town.  It’s very humble but with lots of color.

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The Parade kicked off with the entrance of the Queen on a float. It was a bit chilly but she put on a brave face.

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Next we had a group of local dancers wearing traditional Greek costumes.

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Below is a float of a tree with an assortment of fruit. I live in a farming town and many of the people here have farms and make a living by growing oranges and lemons.

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At the parade we have a tradition of satirizing the politicians and this year was no exception. Below is a Himalayan cat symbolizing the broken promises of the prime minister… and there were many.

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And we end the carnival every year with a parade of horses. First a little horse.

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Then we have the majestic float.

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And finally the horses parade down the street. Some of them are quite scared since they’re not used to the noise and festivities

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And of course no carnival parade would be complete without the children! This little fellow was happy to pose for me.

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The following day is Clean Monday. On this day weather permitting we fly kites and enjoy the outdoors by having a picnic with vegetarian food to kick off Lent season. But that is a story for another post. I wish everyone a happy spring.

My thanks to Sue for being so kind and gracious to invite me to visit her and to share a bit of my country with all of you.

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About Mary

I am a mom of four who  loves to repurpose and recycle anything that looks like junk.  I use my creativity to spark some life to old things and I do it frugally.  I also like to photograph my bit of the boondocks, beautiful Greece.

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30 thoughts on “Patrino Karnivale – A Greek Tradition

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thank you Debra I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post. I found it fascinating and really enjoy other cultures.

  1. Krista

    Hi Mary. As always beautiful pictures and great descriptions, The Queen looks chilly but you are right she is putting on a brave face. Love spiderman. Happy Easter from New England!

  2. Katrin

    Lovely pictures Mary! It’s great to see other traditions and this Carnival parade looks like so much fun! We have a parade here in Spain for Carnival, but it is earlier in February and I actually forgot about it and we never went! Now I got to see one any way!!

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      They are beautiful pictures aren’t they Katrin! I’m pleased you enjoyed Mary’s post.

  3. Keri

    Mary, what a cool tradition!! Parades are the best and yours looks like so much fun!! Great pictures!! My daughters would love the horses, fake and real. I’m glad Spiderman showed up to the festivities. ..too cute!! Thanks for sharing this fun Greek tradition!! 🙂

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I love traditions Keri and I really enjoyed seeing Mary’s photos. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great day!

  4. Celeste

    I love reading about the traditions in your country, Mary! The political float made me laugh. This looks like a really fun time and neat event to go to!

  5. Lynn

    Once again Mary never fails to capture the sights and sounds of her history and tradition rich country. I do love these virtual field trips and hope to make it there is person soon! I know a great tour guide!😉

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes I enjoy virtual field trips as well Lynn. It would be great to visit in person one day. Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed Mary’s Carnival experience Michelle. I love reading about other cultures and traditions. Have a lovely day and thank you for stopping by to comment.

  6. gigi

    So rich and colorful! I love it! Looks like your little village did a fabulous job! I love the fruit on the trees! (Looks like papier mache?). And the horses. So adorable, especially the little one! Thank you for sharing this with us Patrino and Sue!

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      The photos certainly captured the moment, didn’t they Gigi? I’m glad you enjoyed the post Gigi and have a great week. xx

  7. Regina L. L. Wells

    I love Mary and The Boondocks Blog! This is so cool…I think I like the satirizing the politicians the best. LOL! Seriously, I love the feel and color of Carnival…and the history. So cool! Thank you for sharing Mary with us, Sue! I love guest spots! (I’m just in a loving mood today, aren’t I? LOL!)

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes it is cool isn’t it Regina! We don’t have many things like that in Australia probably too much a multi cultural society. I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. Would you consider being a guest for me?

  8. Mary

    I love The Boondocks Blog! How nice of you Sue to have her guest post for you. I love the virtual tours that we get within the blogging community. Its so nice to see the cultures, landscapes, and stories from around the world.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thank you Mary, it has been great having others as guests as I’m learning more about them. I hope you are well. x

  9. Erlene

    What a fun looking festival. We have a tiny little Greek festival here and my oldest dd loves to go for the food…lol. Would love to attend a large festival like this.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hello Erlene and thank you for stopping by to comment. I’m sure your festival is just as much fun as the larger ones and I’m happy you enjoyed the post.


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