Our carnival adventures on Saturday were fantastic and the weather wasn't uncomfortable. For some reason, the weather forecast wasn't discussed before our trip and nothing was said on Saturday, which isn't normal. We're always talking about the weather and what to anticipate. I think that we were so wrapped up in the event and keeping the kids entertained that we forgot about the weather. The photo above was taken early Sunday as I was taking Gigi for her morning walk. The streets were quiet, clean and nearly empty. The weather was mild.
I returned from our walk and sat down with a cup of coffee and the next thing that I noticed was that it was snowing. Fantastic! The kids love snow and so do I!
As the time passed and the parade was about to begin we were a little concerned only because none of us had the proper shoes for this kind of snow. It was coming down fast and it was a very wet snow, everything was getting wet. We didn't change our plans but we were worried about just how long we would last.
This is what it looked like as we ventured out to watch the parade. What a difference a few hours can make! It's the same street that I had photographed early that morning.
Snow-covered carnival decorations.
Nearing the center.
A "big wig" enjoying souvlaki as he walks in the snow.
In the center just before parade time.
A balloon vendor seeks relief from the snow.
The first parade float...a giant cigar-smoking cupid.
Children dressed as Christmas trees. The snow was a great prop for this costume.
Despite the wet snow the dancing continued.
These women were having so much fun. They would run out into the street and dance during the parade. Their enthusiasm was infectious!
The man in the pink wig is the last of the very few photos that I took at the parade because we didn't stay long since we were all soaked and my camera was getting wet. We left the parade early to go home and change our clothes and watch the remainder of the parade on TV.
Having dried off, we ate a great dinner and napped so that we would be ready to visit the Fanoi later that night.
A man drinking wine that was offered at the fanos. He was one of many that led the dancing & singing around the fire.
A little snow doesn't bother me and I still enjoyed dancing around the fire.
The band at a fanos.
Enjoying a complimentary tiropita while taking a break from dancing. See the man with the plate behind me? He was offering the pies.
After dancing at three separate fanoi, we stopped for some souvlaki.
While we waited for our souvlaki, I heard a "Ho Ho Ho" in my ear and received a nudge on my shoulder. Why, it was Santa Claus offering free wine. Thank you Santa, you are too kind!
Finished with our souvlaki, we tucked into a local bar filled with familiar faces for a few more beverages. Our coats and hats were wet and we were still shivering but we managed to enjoy a few more hours of carnival before we headed home to change into warm, dry clothes and finally, get some rest. Despite the snow we had a wonderful time.
Watch this video to see how much fun it is to dance around a fanos!
Leaving Kozani ,we had a beautiful view of snow-sprinkled mountains.