Summer Carnival in Kotor
Summer Carnival in Kotor
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Tatiana Torgonskaya
Translation: Vera Root
Photo: Tatiana Torgonskaya
18.09.2019

On the first Saturday of August in the heart of fairytale Kotor, the International Summer Carnival was held for the eighteenth time. Over the years, the Carnival has become one of the country's traditions and major tourist attractions.
A section of the Adriatic highway by the walls of the Old Town turned into a stage for 27 carnival groups and their amazing decorations and costumes.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

The group from FECC — the Association of European Carnival Cities — opened the parade.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

The king and queen of the carnival.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

The honored guests followed by the merry Kotor city orchestra.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Next, the little Superheroes are marching.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

A team of young gymnasts showed their skills.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Many locals and tourists — more than a thousand! — enjoyed this beautiful show.

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The foreign guests — a small but very energetic and cheerful group from Cuba.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

The majorettes from the club named Lili, Herceg Novi.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

The girls are dressed not in their usual yellow uniform, but in new specially — made costumes.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

A group of gypsies.

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Another group of young dancers.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Chic, the theater on stilts from Ukraine.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Ćakulona, one of the local groups. This year, they dressed in amusing costumes representing a school of goldfish.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

And here are fishermen on a boat.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

They tried to catch the goldfish but did not succeed.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

The Ćakulona group was one of the largest at the Carnival. There were adults and children, men and women.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Fantasies and dreams of Ancient Egypt from the team of majorettes. They came from the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Excellent dance and costumes.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Another group of marine inhabitants.

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The jesters from the Serbian city of Pancevo.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

This group from Kotor was inspired by the infamous "El Día de los Muertos" holiday and created costumes in the appropriate style.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

All participants were disguised as "La Catrina", the icon of the Day of the Dead.

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Very cheerful satyrs from Herceg Novi.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

A group from Serbia.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

They came from the city of Vranyachka Banya with spectacular dances and bright costumes.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

The charity organization “Our Action” presented the God of the sea, Poseidon, furious about humans destroying the sea with plastic.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Immediately after Poseidon and very serious environmental problem, frivolous ladies appeared before the audience.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Dressed in gorgeous Roaring Twenties costumes.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

A motley group of dancers from Ukraine.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Outfits in Flamenco style.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Next group — gorgeous huge flowers.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

"Funny Oldtimers", who came from Croatian city of Rijeka, showed off opulent yellow-gold dresses.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Colorful Italian band.

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Pink flamingos arrived in Kotor from the city of Strumica, Macedonia.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

A piece of the Serbian Rakovica Carnival was brought here by young legionnaires.

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Cheerful Smurfs from the nearby city of Tivat.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

The second group from Italy, in amazing costumes.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

This group did not have any particular theme, all the outfits were united by vibrant colors and brightness.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Angels from Budva.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Members of another Macedonian group demonstrated these masks.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

A team from the Karampana association, a regular participant at Kotor costume parades.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

Adults and children parodied tourists at the Adriatic beaches.

Summer Carnival in Kotor

A cart with the members of Za dešpet group from the organization named Fešta, the main initiator and coordinator of the Kotor Carnival, closed the procession.

The Carnival ended with fireworks and a concert in the Old Town. Everyone had fun and danced until late at night.

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