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All you need to know about the Prague’s carnival

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The Prague Carnival is quite a story. In fact, the city undergoes a metamorphosis over a period of a few days, from late February to early March, giving visitors and locals alike the opportunity to party and celebrate local culture as it should be. 

In the rest of this article, we’ll tell you absolutely everything you need to know about the Czech tradition of Masopust, Prague Carnival!

History of Prague Carnival

Every year, in the heart of the Czech capital, the famous Prague Carnival, also known as “masopust“, takes place. Numerous parades are held all over the city, throughout the period from late February to early March. You’ll find magnificent processions in which hundreds, if not thousands, of people gather to celebrate.  

During this period, events are organized all over the city (museums, streets, galleries and theaters). There’s plenty for everyone to enjoy, from young children to passionate adults!

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Prague Carnival, an old tradition

Prague Carnival is the fruit of a 700-year-old tradition!  As is often the case with the Czechs, it’s an opportunity to celebrate everything, from the country’s history and gastronomy to its wine and culture. An exhibition of masks and costumes can be seen at the Palais Clam-Gallas, one of Prague’s most exciting museums.

However, this carnival is not “only” held in the city center and the most famous thoroughfares. It’s also firmly rooted in Zizkov, one of the capital’s liveliest and most pleasant districts. It’s an opportunity for you to visit a part of the capital you’ve probably never thought of before. 

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What to do during Prague Carnival ?

In concrete terms, the Prague Carnival will give you the opportunity to : 

  • Watch the shows,
  • Wearing unusual masks,
  • Organizing a feast,
  • Participate in various parades,
  • Visit the Masopust market,
  • In Prague, Mardi Gras is a time for partying, especially in the Jiřího z Poděbrad area, where many bars, cafés and restaurants don’t hesitate to play along either !

The advantage is that during this period you’ll never have a dull moment. Whether in Hlubočepy, Dubeč and Břevnov or even Andel, the city is decked out in 1,000 colors and offers total immersion in this bizarre universe.

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Good to know 

Masopust is a bit like Mardi Gras in France. It’s an age-old tradition that celebrates all that’s good about the Czech Republic… In short, it’s a convivial time when everyone likes to get together.

How much does it cost to take part in Prague Carnival ?

Taking part in the Prague Carnival is totally free. In fact, there’s no entrance ticket or anything else. On the other hand, if you want to dress up or put on make-up, you’ll need to budget accordingly. For the rest, you can have fun, enjoy yourself and take some great shots for… Nothing at all !