According to an official Press Release by the organising committee…
“It’s been one century, since a group of people from Rethymno – with optimistic mood and open heart to every pleasant challenge – decides to put some colour to the everyday life of the city, during the Carnival season.
So, in 1914 the first Carnival of Rethymno was organized, bringing the original mark of the intentions of the people of Rethymno. Through the years, these intentions turned into actions that exceeded every time the expectations of their inspirers and finally turned to be an amazing event: the Carnival of Rethymno, a live organism, tending to reverse the natural route of life: the “older” it’s getting the better it is becoming!
This year’s carnival subject is focused on this inversion and invites whoever deeply hopes for better days, whoever sees rainbow colors beyond grey to be part of the large, emotional and fresh Team of the Carnival of Rethymno and share, create, have fun and experience things that nobody wants to miss.
We invite you to create and share this experience, having in our mind and our heart the fact that when people cooperate, every day becomes special and life itself becomes more beautiful. It is as simple as that.”
Since 1914 beautiful Renaissance Rethymnon has been celebrating the carnival with its many humoristic events. A carnival of another era leaving behind its nostalgic aroma of romantic balls and the Rethymnians through laughter and their comical antics paying their tribute to “His Excellence, The King of the Carnival.”
The Treasure Hunt, an old custom dating back to when the Carnival of Rethymno began about a century ago, was the reason for the creation of ‘teams’ in 1990, which would give birth once again to this age-old tradition.
In 1993, the Municipality of Rethymnon decided to help fund this popular event and requested the teams to take on the challenging task of creating and organising the Carnival of Rethymnon, which has become the most popular and famous Carnival of Crete!
Pepi Mpirliraki – Mamalaki, Sara Nickolson, Giannis Kokkas, Stelios Sampson, Manos Palafoutis, Giannis Dramilarakis.
Agioutakis Manolis, Alexakis Christos, Andreadaki Eirini, Anifantaki Marieli, Vamvakas Kostas, Vasilaki Eleni, Gavras Kostas, Dilinta Natassa, Drandakis Giannis, Iliakis Kostas, Kirianis Giorgos, Kelarakis Thodoris, Klapsinos Petros, Markantonis Nikos, Michalas Nikos, Moldovanidi Charietta, Nikolaou Grigoris, Papadosifos Giorgos, Patsachaki Eleni, Pediavitakis Giorgos, Piskopakis Leonidas, Plaitis Akis, Saitakis Giannis, Skarvelis Giannis, Starakis Michalis, Stavroulakis Thanasis, Terzis Vaggelis, Tzekaki Athina, Tsakonas Manos, Tsourlakis Vaggelis, Fanourgakis Pantelis, Fraggiadaki Stefania, Fotaki Maria, Chasikos Giorgos, Chompis Valantis.