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Malta Gay Pride 2022
Carnival in Malta is an epic event, held across the island with the main parade taking pride of place in Valetta. Pack your costumes and get ready to party. As they say in Malta, “Viva Viva l-Karnival!”
Carnival is one of the oldest historical festivals in Malta spanning the last five centuries; dating back to the Knights’ of St John’s occupancy in Malta.
Malta’s Carnival features distinct floats, masks and choreographed dances, developed from traditions passed down through history. Carnival festivities last a full five days, with rival celebrations taking place both in Valletta and Floriana. This rivalry has brought on innovative celebrations including finely decorated horses and carriages and amazing fireworks displays.
Malta Carnival Traditions
As years have passed, other Carnival traditions have followed suit, including Carnival floats pulled by mules, the Qarċilla, a fake satiric wedding which still takes place today, and the Kukkanja in St George’s Square Valletta, a game still popular in Gozo where participants need to climb a greasy pole while avoiding obstacles. The folk dance il-Maltija is also very popular during the festivities, with most locals attending dancing lessons after the Christmas period to prepare their dances for Carnival.
Carnival festivities usually include prolific late-night street parties, masquerade balls, colourful parades with large floats and marching bands, spirited costumed revelers, music and lots of delicious food and drink. Anyone can dress up, wear a mask and let loose! The Malta Carnival is simple merriment, spontaneity, and downright silliness. The carnival spirit in Malta is something to behold! Carnival celebrations take place in towns and villages all over the island, however the main celebrations that place are in the capital city of Valetta on the island of Malta.
Malta Carnival Parades
The mainstay of Maltese Carnival are the incredible epic, giant carnival floats and the main parades! The local carnival groups spend a whole year in secrecy preparing for the four days of events to participate and compete in the Carnival parade. Float building in Malta is an art form that is passed down from generation to generation through the family’s. Float builders take great pride and enthusiasm in their work. The main parades take place in Floriana and Valletta.
Carnival in Nadur
Another key carnival celebration takes place in the village of Nadur on the island of Gozo. Carnival in Nadur, a small village in Gozo, is one of the main places to be for carnival during the weekend. Its celebrations are quite different to Nadur. The Nadur celebrations are not organised by any committee, instead it is a big spontaneous street party! The island books up well in advance for Carnival, so plan months ahead! – BOOK NOW
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Gay Map of Valletta, Malta
The main nightlife area in Malta is situated in Paceville. Here one can find a good number of restaurants, bars, clubs and other entertainment venues. Malta’s main gay club is called AXM, located in St.Georges Street Paceville. Malta is an island full of sandy beaches, good weather, thriving nightlife and shopping centres is sure enough to keep anyone busy.
Recommended Apartments in Malta
The holiday home has 4 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub.
Sea Foam Villa
Sea Foam Villa is a 5 bedroom 5 bathroom air-conditioned villa offering living room with a flat screen TV a fully equipped kitchen an outdoor dining area and a Private pool with a Barbecue
The holiday home has 4 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a fridge and an oven, a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms with a shower. A barbecue & air conditioning
Sant’Elmo House Valletta is set in Valletta. Guests staying at this holiday home have access to a fully equipped kitchen. The holiday home comes with living room a TV & 2 bedrooms.
Video Of Carnival Malta
Highlights of Malta’s Carnival Parades
Recommended Hotels in Valletta, Malta
Malta’s gay scene is right in the heart of the city centre, in Paceville. The best hotels are also in the centre, just a short cab ride from your nearest bar. The city centre is easy to navigate on foot.
Hilton Malta 5 Star
This property is 6 minutes walk from the beach. Set on the seafront in Saint Julian’s, the Hilton Malta is a luxury 5-star hotel offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and a modern décor.