Carnival in Malta brings you details of the carnival activities for three main locations on our islands.
Take the opportunity to enjoy these occasions with your family especially with children.
The local carnival history dates back since the Knights of St. John came to our islands and they are so much loved by the Maltese.
Carnival In Malta Programme In Valletta
Thursday 12th at 17.30:
Official hoisting of the Carnival flag and the carnival bandu which is the traditional official opening of the carnival celebrations by the Grandmaster held at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta
Friday 13th at 17.30:
Dancing competitions in costumes followed by a defile lead by the King Carnival Float, Grotesque Masks, Dancing Company and Satiric Floats.
Saturday 14th at 21.30:
Children’s Carnival with the participation of various dancing schools followed by a defile with the participation of King Carnival, isolated masks and bands.
Defile along the streets of Valletta with the participation of triumphal floats, bands, grottesque masks. Simultaneously other carnival events will be held in various areas in Valletta, till late; amongst which Il-qarċilla which will be held at various intervals in St. John’s Square.
Dancing competitions in costumes incorporated with a Gran Defile led by the King Carnival triumphal float, followed by Triumphal Floats, Satiric Floats and Dancing Company Section A Floats.
Saturday 14th at 12.30:
Carnival Grand Defile starting from Castille Square, Merchants Street, Archbishop Street, proceeding to the Carnival Arena at St George’s Square. After St. George’s Square the defile continues along Republic Street up to City Gate.
Saturday 14th at 12.30:
Grand Carnival Spectacle with the participation of Dancing Companies in Costume, Company floats Section A and B, Triumphal Floats, Grottesque Masks, Band and Satirical Floats.
Monday 16th at 10.15:
Monday Carnival Parade during the morning with the participation of various dancing schools and isolated masks.
Monday 16th at 16.00:
The last night of the dancing competitions in costumes sections C B and A followed by the Grand Defile including all triumphal floats, companies in costume and floats, grotesque masks and satirical floats.
Tuesday 17th at 10.15:
Carnival Parade during the morning with the participation of various dancing schools and isolated masks.
Tuesday 17th at 18.00:
Carnival in Malta Gran Finale along St Anne Street, Floriana with the participation of all items of this year’s Carnival.
Gozo Carnival Programme
Friday 13th February at 19.30:
The traditional and spontaneous Carnival for all Gozo starts with a carnival folk dance in St. George's Square, Victoria followed by other activities
Saturday 14th February 10.00:
The children's carnival dances takes place at St. Francis Square, Victoria
Saturday 14th February at 19.30:
The carnival parade passes along Republic Street up to Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria.
Sunday 15th February 15.00 & Monday 16th February 19.30:
The defile' proceeds along Republic Street. At the same time the dance companies, bands, grotesque masques and the floats move along Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria.
Nadur Carnival Programme
Staring at 12.30 till 18.00 with dancing in costumes. At 15.30 the band playing lively polular marches. Small and large carnival floats starts arriving starting with King carnival float. At 18.00 there will be the Kukkanja for children and at 18.30 for the grown ups.
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