Unlike other Greek festivals, the Patras Carnival doesn't have pagan roots and was adopted from Italy. Since the 19th century, the carnival has grown from a small ball to the biggest fiesta in Greece.
The celebration starts around late January/ early February with a grand opening. The program consists of parades, dance shows, concerts, and treasure games. The month of fun finishes in late February/ early March with a closing ceremony. The most spectacular part of it involves setting the Carnivals King puppet on fire and letting it float in the sea.