Early springtime on the Islands brings along carnival week, which takes on a traditional pattern; extravagantly coloured floats are perched on lorries ready for the procession day, children running around in fancy dress costumes and Malta’s main nightlife centre, Paceville, catching the late night carnival goers who pile into the clubs and bars, still wearing their outrageous outfits.
The heart of the action takes place in Valletta. Freedom Square in Valletta is the main place for watching the open-air comedic and baroque musical performances. The Maltese social set does their thing at the Grand Ball held at the Casino Maltese. Traditionally the centerpiece of the parade, the larger-than-life King Carnival float, a mad grinning figure with a jester’s hat or crown. There are also various towns and villages across the Island that have their own version of festivities.
In Gozo, the main activities take place in It-Tokk, the main square in Gozo’s capital Victoria. For a particular interpretation, visit Nadur, where carnival takes on a more sombre and mysterious mood.
Carnival week on the Islands is time to let your hair down and go with the flow – ideal for those who enjoy a good party.