We are just days away from the official opening of the Limassol Carnival which takes place next Monday, February 17.
Although the main parade will be held on March 3, carnival fun in Limassol begins on Monday with an exhibition of photos from last year's event.
The exhibition will take place at the Panos Solomonides Municipal Cultural Centre from 7.30pm and continue until February 26.
The town is already decorated with the popular huge statues of well-known historic and local carnival figures.
The municipality has announced that there will be a cut in the budget for decorating the city centre and other prominent spots, however they said that there would be no reductions because of the economic crisis, as this was an important factor behind the built-up of euphoria and the carnival spirit.
Carnival processions will commence on Thursday, 'Tsiknopempti', February 20 with the arrival of the King Carnival and climax on March 3 with the grand parade.
This year's King Carnival is well-known car rally champion Dimis Mavropoulos. He will be named "Memorandum the Great" for the occasion, a reference to the bailout crisis.
Mavropoulos is a prominent name in Limassol and recognised in cultural circles.
On Wednesday, February 19, Vera Parlalidou's always popular exhibition of carnival and decorative masks opens at Theomaria Art Hall at 6.30pm and will remain on until March 8. Tehnohoros Art Studio 55 will, also on Wednesday at the same venue, be hosting an exhibition entitled "Another view of the carnival" from 8pm, in cooperation with the Ikebana Group, with the participation of Limassol Serenaders.
Also on the agenda of the 10-day carnival festivities are outdoor traditional dances, evenings with serenaders and much more.
In addition to the children's parade on Sunday, February 23, the Grand Carnival parade on Sunday, March 2 will see a particularly high number of participants, with more than 120 floats and over 12,000 revellers set to join the parade.
As expected, this year's inspiration for floats come mostly from politics and the financial crisis. Some of the floats' themes include "Nicos' Casino", "Cyprus is a punching bag", "Guinea Pigs" and other.
During the Grand Parade, the municipality will also honour three Limassol carnival veterans; the serenader Andreas Potonides, composer Stelios Argyri and Chrystalla Agapiou for her various contributions and participation in the festival for many years.