This year, Carnival activities will be extended outside of Valletta and celebrated in other towns and villages.
A Carnival band parade will take place in Main Street, Ħamrun on the morning of the 7th February. This parade will involve the participation of three carnival floats, including King Carnival, five bands, the Ħamrun Scouts Group, satiric grotesque masks and dance companies.
There will also be an entertainment stage and a costume competition. Fourteen colourful floats and several grotesque masks will then proceed to Valletta to take part in the parade, which will pass through Castille Square and proceed along Merchants Street, St George’s Square and Republic Street.
An elevated platform will also be set up at Castille Square, and will be accessible to all and will enable wheelchair users and parents with young children in pushchairs to enjoy the festivities with ease.
Once again, this year’s activities will include the recently revived qarċilla – a carnival farce which goes back to at least 1760. The qarċilla makes fun of contemporary society, using humorous and suggestive verse. In this year’s qarċilla, written by Immanuel Mifsud, the notary will proclaim the marriage between two men.
The grand défilé as well as competitions for floats and dancing companies will also be a staple in this year’s calendar. Audiences can also expect new elements, such as a live marching band which will accompany the show in St George’s Square. On Saturday evening, festivities will also continue all night, giving merry-makers the opportunity to keep on celebrating. Other events linked to this national celebration will include an exhibition of miniature candy floats, which will also be the subject of a competition between confectioners and hotels. This exhibition can be viewed at Pjazza Teatru Rjal from the 4th to the 9th February.
Seating will be available for the events at St George’s Square. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketline.com.mt, and the event will also be covered live on TVM.
Calendar of Events
Thurs 4th February, 6pm – Opening Ceremony of the Malta Carnival 2016 activities at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta
Fri 5th February, 5.30pm – Costume Parade along Republic Street, Valletta, followed by Dancing Competitions in St George’s Square and the Grand Défilé
Sat 6th February, 9.30am – Children’s Carnival at St. George’s Square, Valletta
Sat 6th February, 5.30pm – Dancing Competition together with the Grand Défilé performance at St George’s Square, Valletta
Sun 7th February, 10am – Carnival band parade in High Street, Ħamrun
Sun 7th February, 1pm – Carnival floats parade at Castille Place, Valletta
Sun 7th February, 3pm – Special Sunday afternoon Carnival Grand Show at St. George’s Square, Valletta
Mon 8th February, 10am – Dancing Schools Carnival Parade followed by a dance show at St George’s Square, Valletta
Mon 8th February, 4pm – Dancing Competition Programme followed by the Grand Défilé at St George’s Square, Valletta
Tue 9th February, 10am – Dancing Schools Carnival Parade followed by a dance show at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta
Tue 9th February, 6pm – Grand Finale in St Anne’s Street with the participation of Carnival bands, floats and general merriment.
Photo Credits to Darrin Zammit Lupi