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Strumica to hold carnival in March under ‘pandemic protection protocols’

The "centuries-old Strumica Carnival tradition cannot be postponed for too long because carnival-goers will lose motivation to participate," according to Strumica Mayor Kostadin Kostadinov announcing this year’s festivities that will run from March 2 through 9 under protocols for public events in a Covid-19 pandemic.

Strumica, 26 January 2022 (MIA) — The “centuries-old Strumica Carnival tradition cannot be postponed for too long because carnival-goers will lose motivation to participate,” according to Strumica Mayor Kostadin Kostadinov announcing this year’s festivities that will run from March 2 through 9 under protocols for public events in a Covid-19 pandemic.

“The carnival will take place, but as a local event,” Mayor Kostadinov said, adding that only a few international participants would be invited.

“The people of Strumica have requested that we not stop our centuries-old tradition and I urge everyone to completely follow the measures and protocols for protection from the pandemic,” he said.

The main carnival night will be held on March 5, with the carnival parade taking a shorter route. Only local carnival-goers will participate in the parade, the mayor said.

At the start of the 8-day festivities, the carnival participants will get the key to the city, which they will return on the last day after their traditional holiday dinner.

The 2022 carnival will offer concerts, a carnival village celebration, a meal of white beans at the Strumica town square as well as awards for the best dressed carnival-goers, best aphorisms, best caricatures, and best literary works inspired by the event.

Organizers will also host a book launch for a new monograph marking the Strumica Carnival’s 30th anniversary. mr/

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