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17 To 20 Feb 2007 Zizkovsky Masopust Alias City Carnival

17 to 20 FEB 2007 Zizkovsky masopust alias city carnival

16 February 2007, 10:10 - Travel
As the start of the Christian Lent - 40 days ahead of Easter (Velikonoce) - approaches, the carnivals take place all around the Czech Republic. Apart from the Bohemian Carnevale, that started with the allegorical parade through the Prague city centre on Thursday, many local carnivals are celebrated over the weekend in various places in Czech Republic. We chose one of them in Prague's Zizkov Area.

The 14th traditional carnival in Zizkov (Prague 3, east of the city centre and walking distance to Wenceslas Square) starts with the afternoon for children in costumes in Palace Akropolis (Kubelikova 27, Prague 3) on Saturday 17th February at 2pm. From 6.30pm the show continues with the programme for adults. The organizers promise the evening full of jokes and gags. People wearing masks or costumes will get free beer and a sausage. And the best and most original mask will be awarded at 10pm by Prague 3 Mayor, when a carnival disco starts.

The carnival lasts till Tuesday with various events. On Sunday, for example, you can visit the pub U vystrelenyho oka (U Bozich bojovniku 3, Prague 3) where the city officers cook special meals. On Tuesday, the Zizkovsky masopust (Zizkov Carnival) ends with the great carnival march through Prague 3. It starts around 4pm in the Square od Jiri z Podebrad (namesti Jiriho z Podebrad, metro A), and will march to Prak Parukarka, where it end with fireworks.

This year's festivities have a detective theme. The year 2007 is the 130th anniversary of the birth of famous interwar police officer Vacatko alias Josef Vanasek, who also played the role in Czech TV series Sinful People of Prague City of Prague. Organizers also promise other "detectives", such as Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot or James Bond, as well as "criminals" – Al Capone, Jack the Ripper, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – could be seen during the carnival.

The Lent is very important part of Christian tradition: Czech word "masopust" (which originates in Latin carni-vale) in "to give up meat". Today, the tradition of giving up meat during the Lent is not hold by worshippers, but in the history it has been strictly demanded by the Church. There are other ways how to make the fasting (for example, of soul).

WHERE: various places in Prague 3

WHEN: Sat 17 - Tue 20 Feb 2007

MORE INFO: Zizkovsky masopust (Czech only)