Friday, February 19, 2010

Carnival in Limasol, Cyprus (part 2)

Carnival fiesta in Limasol
Snapshots by: Phivos Nicolaides

The Carnival begins!
This year’s Limassol Carnival coincides with Valentine’s Day, making love the main theme of the annual festival.
This year’s Carnival King was named King of Hearts.

Limassol’s King Carnival was dressed in the colours of love and was accompanied by singers, dancers and bands.

Serenaders and Majorettes of the Cyprus Girl Guide Association and the Batucinio percussion instruments group with the Limassol Municipality Band participated in the parade.

Floats and individuals dancing in the sound of a unified music.

The big carnival parade was on Sunday, February 14., which was also Valentine’s Day.
Three parades took place.

The entry of the Carnival. The children’s parade followed on February 7 and then the final big parade on the 14th which concluded the carnival events.

Groups of people and children attending the Grand Parade of Carnival 2010 in the coastal city of Limassol, Cyprus.

This year 80 floats and pedestrian teams applied to participate.

The program for the Carnival, lasted for 13 days.

Carnival is something that comes deep from the fun-loving of the Lemesian soul.

People from Limasol are very well known for their passion to fun.

Limasol is the true city of fun and entertainment on the island.

The Lemesos (Limasol) Carnival is an important institution; a tradition for the citizens of Limassol.
Lemesos is a lively town largely due to the character of its citizens, a fun loving lot.

When the word Carnival is pronounced in Cyprus, it reminds us Limasol.

The biggest carnival show on the island is held in Limasol in the weeks prior to Lent.

Everybody in Cyprus loves a parade, but not like the people from Limasol!

Getting wild!!

Having real fun and joy.

People embraced the spirit of the festival.

Carnival starts ten days of celebrations before the privations of 50 days of Lent.

The entry of the Carnival King was heralded by fireworks.

Real fun for everyone. All ages together with the children having a fabulous time.

Spectacular costumes and colours.

No other event in Cyprus can be so cheerful.

All you need to do is to go out there and have fun.

No wonder that thousands of tourists visit Lemesos every year and keep coming back again and again!

Festivities attract thousands of people from all corners of the island and many tourists as well.

The community spirit geting involved in and enjoy the carnival arts.

Carnival is time to forget your inhibitions, wear a wild costume, play a character, live out your fantasies...

A city filled with carnival spectacle and colour.

A means of publicly expressing the creative talent and energy of all people.

A great opportunity for families to come out and enjoy the range of fun filled activitis.

Is all about fun and happiness.

Fabulous costumes and colors.

There's nothing like carnival!

Having enjoyable and exciting time all together.

All that is required is enthusiasm, a passion to have fun and good time.

Can’t be a King without a Queen… Perhaps she is a princess. I’m not sure… I only know that she is my friend Lydia from Limasol!!

Each of the some thousands paraders in every school has a fundamental role.

The young generation in action.

Each and every one put their utmost energy into their performance for the success of the parade.

Well it is an unforgetable experience - to parade in a beautiful costume.

The Carnival ended with a grand outdoor Carnival Ball with disguised costumes and music.

Καρναβάλι 2010 στην πόλη της Λεμεσού, Κύπρος
Του Φοίβου Νικολαΐδη

Ο Βασιλιάς Καρνάβαλος έκανε πανηγυρικά την είσοδο του στην πόλη, την ντυμένος στα χρώματα του έρωτα και της αγάπης.

Τον συνόδευαν ομάδες Κανταδόρων, η Φιλαρμονική του Δήμου και μαζορέττες του Σώματος Κυπρίων Οδηγών.

Η συμμτοχή στην παρέλαση από μόνη της είναι μια απίθανη εμπειρία.

Ο καθένας προσπαθεί να πετύχει η ομάδα του και η παρέλαση.

Ζωντάνια, χρώματα, χαρά και καλή διάθεση σκορπούν την ευτυχία στον κόσμο.

Ο κόσμος αγαπά το Καρναβάλι γιατί είναι μια γιορτή χαράς και ξεγνοιασιάς.

Καρναβάλι στην Κύπρο σημαίνει Λεμεσός. Πάει και τελείωσε. Δεν το συζητάμε...

Δικαιωματικά οι Λεμεσιανοί είναι υπερήφανοι για τις εκδηλώσεις του Καρναβαλιού.

Κόσμος από όλα τα μέρη της Κύπρου συγκεντρώνεται στη Λεμεσό, μαζί με πολλούς ξένους για να απολαύσουν τις όμορφες εκδηλώσεις.

Γεμάτη ομορφιά και γοητεία.

Η χαρά μεταδίδεται στον κόσμο ως δια μαγείας.

Όμορφες παρουσίες παντού.

Η συμμετοχή στην παρέλαση είναι προνόμοιο.

Η εμπειρία από τη συμμετοχή είναι μεγάλη και αξέχαστη.

Το Καρναβάλι της Λεμεσού είναι από τις πιο αγαπημένες εκδηλώσεις στο είδος της στην Κύπρο.

Οι γλυκές παρουσίες των παιδιών δίνει μια άλλη διάσταση στη γιορτινή ατμόσφαιρα.

Κάθε ομάδα διαλέγει το θέμα της και προσπαθεί να το παρουσιάσει όσο πιο πετυχημένα γίνεται.

Σαν παλιό φορτηγό ή μάλλων... λεωφορείο που ρίχτηκε στη μάχη του Καρνάβαλου!

Δημιουργική φαντασία...

Όλοι συμμετέχουν ανεξαίρετα στο μεγάλο γεγονός...

Μεγάλη ποικιλία υπέροχων κουστουμιών και συνθέσεων.

Οι γοργόνες και οι μάγκες της Λεμεσού!

Οι πειρατές της Λεμεσού που κούρσεψαν και φέτος τις καρδιές του κόσμου...

Δεν είναι τυχαίο που ο κόσμος λατρεύει τη μαγεία του Καρνάβαλου.

Μια μεγάλη γιορτή χαράς πλημμυρισμένη από τη δημιουργική διάθεση εκατοντάδων νέων, όμορφων ανθρώπων, που έστειλαν το δικό τους μήνυμα συνεργασίας, εθελοντισμού και προσφοράς στην κοινωνία της πόλης τους.

Τα γλυκά αυτά μουτράκια περιμένουν με αγωνία τον ερχομό του νέου Καρνάβαλου. Και του χρόνου παιδάκια!


JamanFou said...

Γουστάρω το παλιό λεωφορείο!!

evelina said...

Οι πειρατινες φοβερες

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Phivos~ I love how the world can share a common holiday, how we can have at least some comomon bonds. But where's your seven-year-old samba majorette?! (Brasil) Well, Ash Wednesday has come and gone; on to the 40 days of Lent. Kryia, Margaret

Yaelian said...

Wow, great pictures of your very colourful carnival! Love those costumes!

Cheryl said...

More fun! Love all of the photos. You had MUCH better weather than we did in Kozani!!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

@ JamanFou. Κι εγώ γουστάρω το παλιό λεωφορείο. Θα σε περιμένω στην επόμενη... στάση!! :):)

@ Evelina. Οι πειρατίνες φοβερές όντως! Μου κούρσεψαν την καρδιά!:)

@ Margaret Pangert. I'm really glad to see you back my dear friend Margaret. You have been missed. As you can see, world can share a common holiday!!. The problem is that is so difficult to share a common vision for a better world!! Anyway, we didn't have a seven-year-old samba majorette! We had though hundreds of children participating in the parade and it was really great. Next year you are invited to join us here in Cyprus.

@ Yaelian. Kiitos, thank you so much for your kind comment. Terveisin, kind regards.

@ Cheryl. We had much better weather but the fun was equal amazing!

Loli Martinez said...

Hello Phivos, magic, color, fun..... cultures.
A kiss.

Protege said...

Beautiful!! Again, colours and so much life. And it is lovely to see images without snow.;))
Have a nice weekend,

anagnostria said...

Θαυμάσιο το καρναβάλι σου, Φοίβο. Χαρά στην όρεξή σου όμως. Πόσες ώρες χρειάστηκες για όλες αυτές τις φωτογραφίες;

Magia da Inês said...

Olá, amigo!
Passei para mais uma visitinha...
Pelas fotos, o Carnaval da Grécia me pareceu muito sóbrio.
No Brasil, há competição entre as Escolas de Samba... isso nos anima e motiva... é a época da euforia, da alegria e muito samba... todos ficam muito alegres, dançam muito, extravazam as dificuldades e tristezas.
As fantasias que vi no seu blog são muito bonitas também.
Um ótimo fim de semana.
Itabira - Brasil.

Silverbeige said...

I enjoyed to see these dinamic shoots!
I can even hear the voice from the crowd and the festival music! &:)
Have a nice Sunday!

Silverbeige said...

Oh, and I love your new header with flash elements.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

@ Loli Martinez. Hola amica Loli. Muchas gracias. Saludos cordiales.

@ Protege. Thank you dear Zuzana.

@ Magia da Inês. Olá, amiga Magia!

@ Silverbeige. Thank you so much my dear friend.

Anonymous said...

that looked like a lot of fun. i never fail to learn something new each time i go here. the photos are so grand! i especially like the one with the giant bubble heads.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

@ Prinsesamusang. Thank you very much for your nice words. You are very kind. Best regards.

FashionJazz said...

Luv all ur pictures and thank you for showing me the pictures on Cape Town!! They are stunning!! xx

Phivos Nicolaides said...

FashionJazz. Thank you so much for your sweet words. Hugs.

GutsyWriter said...

Love the Love theme and red for costumes on Valentine's Day. Looks like thousands of people were out to celebrate.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

GutsyWriter. Thanks a lot Sonia for your kind works.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

@ Anagnostria. Χρειάζεται χρόνος για ότι κάνουμε στη ζωή... Όταν, όμως μας ευχαριστεί αυτό που κάνουμε, τότε δεν υπάρχει πρόβλημα! Κίμα μου σ΄ ευχαριστώ.

Regina said...

Such a fun carnival!
Great captures of the festivities
Hope to see your wonderful place one day.

Have a lovely day.