1st Carnival Parade of the Cetina Region


On Saturday, 14 February 2015, the town of Sinj will become for the first time the central place of holding the Annual Carnival Pageant from the Villages at the Foot of the Kamešnica Mountain that has long been a local tradition, handing down and preserving carnival customs of the Cetina region.

The phenomenon of the annual carnival pageant from the villages at the foot of the Kamešnica mountain has been included on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia.

The carnival pageant is arranged following strict tradition-based rules. The most entertaining participants of the pageant include the didi (old men). Up on their head they wear sheep fleeces, up to 1.5 metres in height, and bells around their waist. The didi are dressed in old shabby clothes with colourful fringes sewn on. They symbolise the ritual battle of good spirits with winter, chasing it away by making noise and jumping up and down.

Through the invasion of riotous, colourful, unruly rams, known as the didi, carnival pageant groups from 17 Cetina villages will set off at 02.00pm taking the following route: Junak FC stadium – Put Šumarije – Put Piketa – Miljenka Buljana – Put Ferate (bus station) – Kneza Branimira – Brnaška – Trg kralja Tomislava. The event will culminate in presenting the groups at Pijaca, where the programme will be held from 02.30pm to 05.00pm. The entertainment programme is planned from 06.00pm to 01.00am at the former Ivaniš Nelipić barracks.

The event is organised by the Town of Sinj and the Sinj Tourist Board and sponsored by the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Split-Dalmatia County and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board. The main sponsor of the event is Ožujsko Pivo.