Patras Carnival set to break Guinness World Record today


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Patras Carnival is not only the biggest carnival in Greece, but it is also one of the largest and best carnival celebrations in all of Europe and today the organisers are on a mission to break the Guinness World Record with the “largest carnival dance”.

The Patras parade team has designed a simple, 8-minute number that will be executed by more than 1,000 professional and amateur dancers, along with city residents and visitors there to join in the fun.

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The event will take place today and according to Marios Ioannidis, a spokesperson for the team, “People have embraced the effort because it is something novel and many will turn up to dance,” he told AMNA.

Patras Carnival is the largest carnival event in Greece which celebrates Aporkies. Apokries in Greece is the carnival season that begins weeks prior to Greek Orthodox Easter and finishes on Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday).

Patras Carnival is a celebration filled with colour, music, dance, feasting, parting, drinking and merrymaking. Patras Carnival is not just one event but is full of events and activities for the whole family.

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There are parades, masquerade balls, street parties, a hidden treasure hunt, theatre and music performances and even a children’s carnival. The Grand Parade is the main event and highlight of the Patras Carnival as is the Treasure Hunt Game that occurs across the city.

There are two big highlights of Patras Carnival. The first is the Grand Parade and the second is the Treasure Hunt. The Patras Carnival Treasure Hunt is a scout game between carnival groups who have to crack all the clues, hidden around town. The game sees them test their knowledge and deduction skills.