Rijeka Carnival Queen Pageant and Handover of the City Key
Rules must be followed, even during the unpredictable fifth season in Rijeka, and the rules state that before the carnival frenzy commences, carnival-goers have to officially take over the keys to the city and elect a new queen. The date is 19 January, the time 8 pm and the place is the “Dvorana mladosti” sports hall. Protocol dictates that the contestants prove they possess a plethora of royal qualities, which is a prerequisite for winning the “Golden Cape”, such as carnival spirit, familiarity with carnival customs, dancing, singing or another similar skill and, always important and even paramount, performing a choreographed routine with a supporting carnival group.
The one that emerges victorious will become the 23rd annual Rijeka Carnival Queen and representative of the Rijeka Carnival in Croatia and abroad over the course of a year. The pageant, accompanied by singing and dancing, will end with the official handover of the city key, which will symbolically mark the beginning of the month-long colourful, merry and everyone's favourite carnival chaos in Rijeka.