Every year the international festival of carnival masks revives the town of Žilina. The carnival is considered to be both one of the biggest events in Žilina as well as the biggest carnival festival in Slovakia. Throughout the festival, a great number of various masks and curious creatures, ogres or monsters move and make fun in the streets of the town. They dance, sing, and simply have fun.
One of the main Carnival Slovakia Žilina attractions are "heavenly" flying masks, who are roped down from the tower of the Church of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle on St. Mary's Square
is always accompanied by a carnival king and queen. There are also typical Slovak traditions
linked with Shrovetide – pig-sticking and "burying a bass", a symbolic burial of a double bass symbolizes the end of festivities. Carnival
masks not only from Slovakia
but also from abroad
take part in the festival.
During the Carnival Slovakia Žilina event, there are hundreds of masks celebrating and amusing themselves, coming from the neighbouring regions
of Slovakia as well as Poland
. Costumes have a non-recurring art character, typical for this region
, unique in Europe
and so different from other carnival cities around the world
. Streets are full of stalls offering local foods
, performers and folklore
artists. There is a local attraction of flying masks - falling from tall buildings.
Tourist Information Office Žilina