The main events takes place in Valletta and Floriana with grand defiles of floats in the streets. It is also a time were many people dress up in costumes and walk through the streets of Valletta. It is well worth planning your holiday to coincide with Malta’s unique carnival event and enjoy the spontaneous spirit which is still alive today. Participation is also fee of charge. A black cape and a mask should do the trick and you can then step in a new world with no inhibitions.
Carnival in Malta dates back to the 16th Century and has been celebrated in Malta since the arrival of the Knights of St. John in 1535. Some studies indicate an earlier date – 1470.