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Here is a sampling of carnival events around Europe. Times are included when available. Contact local tourist boards to confirm details and get more information.

BelgiumAalst: Feb. 18, 1 p.m., carnival parade; Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m., onion toss, Grote Markt.

Binche: Feb. 18, 10 a.m., gathering of participants, center of town, for 3:30 p.m. parade; fireworks, 8 p.m.

Stavelot: Feb. 18, carnival; March 17-19, Mid-Lenten carnival.

CroatiaRijeka: Feb. 17, 3 p.m., Masked Marathon; Feb. 18, noon, International Parade, town center.

FranceDunkirk: Feb. 17-20, carnival festivities downtown.

Menton: Feb. 17-20, Lemon Festival, featuring scenes at the Biovés Gardens and on parade floats made with lemons, oranges and flowers.

Nice: Feb. 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 28 and March 3, 2:30 p.m. Flower Parade; Feb. 17, 20, 24, 27 and March 3, 9 p.m., Parade of Lights; March 4, carnival Grand Parade, 2:30 p.m.; burning of effigies and fireworks, 9 p.m.

GermanyAachen: Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m., parade.

Bad Wimpfen: Feb. 19, 2:11 p.m., parade.

Berlin: Feb. 18, 11:11 a.m., parade, Potsdamer Platz.

Buchen: Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m. and 2:11 p.m., parade; Feb. 19, 2:11 p.m., parade.

Cologne: Feb. 19, 11:11 a.m. Rose Monday parade, Chlodwigplatz.

Dieburg: Feb. 18, 1:33 p.m., guardsmen and horse troops gather at marketplace; Feb. 20, 1:33 p.m., Fasching parade.

Dietfurt: Feb. 15, 2:01 p.m., Chinese Fasching.

Düsseldorf: Feb. 18, 11 a.m., Karneval on the Königsallee; 19 Feb., 1:45 p.m., Rose Monday parade starting at Josef-Beuys-Ufer.

Erbach: Feb. 20, 2:11 p.m., parade.

Frankfurt: Feb. 17, Fasching “troopers” attack the Römer, and the mayor will hand them the keys to the city; Feb. 18, 12:31 p.m., parade, Untermainkai/ Untermainbrücke.

Frankfurt-Heddernheim: Feb. 20, 2:31 p.m, parade starting at Antoniusstrasse-Heddernheim Landstrasse.

Freiburg: Feb. 18, street carnival, center of town; Feb. 19, Rose Monday parade.

Gross-Auheim: Feb. 20, 3:11 p.m., parade.

Hanau: Feb. 17, 2:11 p.m., parade starts at Friedrichstrasse/Hauptbahnhofstrasse.

Heidelberg: Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m., parade.

Heppenheim: Feb. 18, 2:11 p.m., parade.

Klein-Auheim: Feb. 18, 2:30 p.m., parade.

Lorsch: Feb. 20, 2:11 p.m., parade.

Mainz: Feb. 19, 11:11 a.m., parade through the center of town.

Mainz-Kastel: Feb. 17, 1 p.m. parade, including 200 Americans and nine American cars. Participants assemble at 11:30 a.m. at Kastel Storage Station.

Mannheim: Through Feb. 20, Fasching activities in the tent on P7.

Michelstadt: Feb. 18, 2:11 p.m., parade.

Miltenberg: Feb. 17, 2:11 p.m., parade.

Mittenwald: Feb. 15, noon, parade starts at Obermarkt.

Munich: Feb. 15, 1 p.m. Fasching activities at Viktualienmarkt; Feb. 18, 19, 20, Fasching activities, 11 a.m., Rotkreuzplatz; Feb. 21, wallet washing, 11 a.m. at the Fischbrunnen on Marienplatz.

Offenbach: Feb. 20, 2:01 p.m. parade.

Rottweil: Feb. 19, 20, 8 a.m., parade.

Schramberg: Feb. 18, 2 p.m., parade in Mühlegraben.

Seligenstadt: Feb. 18, 2:31 p.m., Children’s Parade, center of town; Feb. 19, 1:31 p.m., Rose Monday parade starting at Protestant church.

Steinheim: Feb. 18, 1:33 p.m., parade, center of town.

Triberg: Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m., parade.

Villingen: Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m., parade.

Wasungen: Feb. 15, 6:11 p.m., torch parade; Feb. 17, 2 p.m., parade.

Wiesbaden: Feb. 18, 1:11 p.m., parade starting at Elsässer Platz.

GreecePatras: Feb. 18, parade with burning of carnival effigy; Feb. 19, kite flying competition.

Rethymno: Feb. 18, 2 p.m., parade; Feb. 19, kite flying competition.

HungaryMohács: Feb. 15, 2 p.m., parade at Széchenyi téren; Feb. 18, 9 a.m., Fasching fair; Feb. 20, 2 p.m., parade.

ItalyMany listings from

Acireale: Feb. 16-20, Sicily’s most famous carnival; Feb. 16, 4 p.m., school celebrations with children’s masked parade; Feb. 17, 4 p.m., parade with decorated carriages; Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m., parade; 9 p.m., musical program; Feb. 19 and 20, 4 p.m., parades.

Agrigento: Sunday, 9 a.m., Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore parade.

Busseto: Feb. 18 and 25, street festivals.

Ivrea: Feb. 20, orange throwing battle and burning of effigies.

Oristano: Feb. 18-20, Sardinia festival with jousting.

Venice: Friday through Feb. 20, parades and carnival activities on the Piazza San Marco, the bridges and piers.

Verona: Feb. 16-21, parades and regional festivities, Piazza Brá and other locations.

Viareggio: Feb. 18, 20 and 25, parades with elaborate floats and other festivities.

NetherlandsMaastricht: Feb. 18-20, parades and stages around town featuring live music.

's-Hertogenbosch Feb. 19-20, festival of fools, featuring parades and costumed street parties.

PortugalFunchal: Feb. 17-20, carnival on island of Madeira.

Loule: Feb. 18-20, carnival in Algarve.

Torres Vedras: Feb. 16-21, carnival events including satirical parades.

SpainAguilas: Through Feb. 24.

Alicante: Through Feb. 25; parade Feb. 17.

Cadiz: Through Feb. 25, events throughout city.

La Palma: Through Feb. 25, largest festivities on Canary Islands; Feb. 19, Batalla de Polvos de Talco, in which talcum powder is fired at revelers from a variety of weapons.

Malaga: Through Feb. 18; main parade Feb. 18.

Sitges: Through Feb. 21; Feb. 15, arrival of King of the Carnival; Feb. 18, grand parade; Feb. 21, Burial of the Sardine, a large effigy.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Feb. 16-21, Canary Islands, including costumed parades.

Villanueva de La Vera: Feb. 18 and 20, featuring parade of Pero Palo, a straw figure beaten and taunted by residents.

SwitzerlandBasel: Feb. 26-28, parades through the city starting with Morgestraich (pipers crisscrossing the city), at 4 a.m. Feb. 26.

Bellinzona: Feb. 15-20, carnival with parades; folklore event on Feb. 17.

Liestal: Feb. 25, ancient custom and carnival parade with fireworks and blazing torches.

Lucerne: Through Feb. 20, with major parades Feb. 19 and 20.

Moudon: March 8-11, featuring large bonfires.

Payerne: Feb. 24-26, featuring large bonfires.

Zug: Feb. 19, traditional parade of Greth Schell.

Zürich: Feb. 23-25, traditional Guggen music, dancing and masked revelry.


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