New Year in Croatia is marked by a massive carnival in Rijeka with colourful costumes, music, delicious foods and all-night festivities. Established in 1982, it has become the biggest carnival in Croatia. The opening event—Rijeka Carnival Queen Pageant—marks the beginning of the masked madness in the city. More than 100 music bands usually participate in the carnival. If the weather is good, up to 100,000 spectators may attend the event.
The festivities usually last for more than a month, ending with Children's Carnival Parade and the Grand Finale—International Carnival Parade (usually held on Sunday preceding Ash Wednesday).