One of the biggest and most distinctive European carnivals is a special combination of European urban carnivals, relying primarily on Venetian and Austrian folklore elements and old Slavic mythology. Starting with only three local carnival groups and a hundred participants in 1982, Rijeka Carnival has developed into an international event that now attracts over ten thousand participants from a dozen countries. Plunged into a centuries-old tradition, the International Rijeka Carnival has recently provided Rijeka, the region and Croatia with a distinctive event and an impressive happening frequented by many maskers, organized carnival groups, participants, spectators, media, and numerous invited guests from the country and abroad.
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