Patras Carnival

Patrino karnavali (Patra’s Carnival) is the largest event of its kind in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe. This carnival is purely of Italian origin and it is completely unrelated to the pagan carnival customs of the rest of the country. The Carnival started approximately 180 years ago, and it is believed to have acquired a prestigious reputation thanks to the masquerade balls thrown in the mansions of the local bourgeoisie.
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