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Summer Carnival hits Malta’s streets this weekend

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Summer Carnival, which was cancelled last week following a man’s death as he worked on a float, is to be held this weekend.

Jean Paul Bonett was electrocuted on Thursday – a day before the carnival was due to kick off.

The Ministry of Culture initially cancelled the event, out of respect for the 45-year-old enthusiast but has announced it will take place this weekend.

Organised by Festivals Malta, the carnival will be held in St Paul’s Bay, Birzebbuga and Marsascala.

You can expect to see spectacular parades, fantastic floats  and lots of music and dancing.

Festival director Annabelle Stivala told 89.7 Bay: ‘This year we are taking the Summer Carnival to Birżebbuga for the first time, where we will have a street parade featuring a variety of decorative floats accompanied by groups of young dancers.’

St Paul’s Bay

On Friday, the street parade starts at 7.30pm by the Menqa harbour in St Paul’s Bay and ends in Qawra.

On Saturday, the parade will start in Qawra, heading along the promenade and ending at Bugibba Square.


On Saturday, the street parade will be held Birzebbuga from 7.30pm, starting at the bus terminus and ending at Pretty Bay.


On Sunday, Malta’s Summer Carnival arrives in Marsascala.

The parade will start at 7.30pm from Zonqor to Marsascala.

There will be road closures and changes to some bus routes but it’s only for a couple of nights, so let’s not moan about it.

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