The Maltese carnival is one of Malta’s oldest festivities, harking back to the rule of the Knights of the Order of Saint John. Today, this colourful event is celebrated across the Maltese Islands, with the boldest and brightest activities centred in the capital city of Valletta.

For four days, the city’s historic streets come to life with marching bands, fancy dress competitions and dancers in elaborate costume. But the highlight of this age-old celebration is certainly the carnival float parade that features all manner of impressive handmade floats – some allegorical, some satirical and others just plain fun, fantastical and whacky.

Carnival days in Valletta also host a number of marching bands, costumed children and youths enjoying the merriment along the historic streets, whilst various costumed dance groups perform in Pjazza San Ġorġ with families enjoying the show from purposely set-up stands.

Apart from the festivities in Valletta, one can participate in Carnival activities in Cottonera, Ħamrun, St Julian’s, Birżebbuġa, Dingli, Naxxar, Żabbar, Għaxaq (including the spontaneous Carnival), Għargur, Ta’ Xbiex and the the finale in Floriana.

The full Carnival Programme is out, download from here.

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