Everyone knows that there are four seasons, but Rijeka has a fifth one – the Rijeka Carnival. On 17 January, St. Anthony's horn will sound the start of this most special of all the seasons. In keeping with tradition, the carnival season ends on Ash Wednesday, which is why this year we're in for a short but hectic carnival season that will last until 14 February. In just under a month there will be masquerades galore, starting with the Rijeka Carnival Queen Pageant and “coronation”, when carnival-goers will “officially” take over the city. The first order of business for the new government will be to have as many masquerades and concerts as possible, hold some quite unique sporting events, such as the snowboard competition by the sea or the rallying event in which the participants don costumes and so do their vehicles, organise parties in the squares, as well as a few charity events, culminating in the Children's and International carnival parade.
So – be whatever you want to be! Come to the Rijeka Carnival!