Masopust is the traditional Czech carnival celebration. The word “masopust” comes from the Old Czech and means “meat fast”. People wear masks, dress up in costumes, celebrate the start of spring, fertility and give farewell to winter. Masopust is a moveable feast day and the last chance to feast before Easter Lent, the 40 weekdays and six Sundays preceding Easter. A ceremonial processions of human and animal costumed characters such as devils, cow herders, farmers, goats, sheep, dogs, pigs go from house to house, where they receive food and drink. Masopust celebrations in Prague include mask parades, dancing in the streets, singing, noise making, feasting and drinking. A vigorous Mardi Gras celebrations take place in Žižkov, in Jiřího z Poděbrad square. The biggest carnival event is the festival Carnevale Praha (the Prague Carnival), which is held in downtown Prague. To see dates, times, venues, locations, and the programme of carnival celebrations, explore “what´s on” section.
Žižkov Mardi Gras Celebrations 2019
2. 3. 2019 – 3. 3., 5. 3. 2019, Jiriho z Podebrad square
Žižkov carnival celebrations include traditional parade of masks and great programme for both kids and adults. The carnival parade takes place on March 5, 2019. It starts at Jiriho z Podebrad square, continues to Havličkovo square and ends at Viktoria Žižkov footbal arena. Participants will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Then a horse carriage, musicians, artists, giant puppets of angels or pigs set off to request a "key" from the Žižkov Townhall. All participants can enjoy traditional specialities and goodies.
The entrance is free.
Mardi Gras Celebrations at Ctěnice 2019
3. 3. 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The City of Prague Museum - The Castle Area Ctěnice
Masopust celebrations at Ctěnice offer a carnival parade, music, cheerful atmosphere as well as traditional donuts, hot cider and mead. Kids can enjoy art workshops or and face painting.
Entrance to the event is free of charge.
Mardi Gras Celebrations at Little Quarter
2. 3. 2019 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., the parade will reach Kampa around 4 pm
The traditional masopust celebrations of the Little Quarter begin at Loretanske square and finish at Kampa. Participants meet at 1 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. in front of the restaurant U Černého vola. Masks will then stop at pubs, restaurants and shops located on Nerudova, Thunovská, Mostecka streets and Malostranske square. The carnival procession will reach Kampa around 4 p.m.
Mardi Gras Celebrations at Letna 2019
2. 3. 2019, 1 p.m. -5 p.m., National Museum of Agriculture
All visitors are cordially invited to enjoy the traditional Mardi Gras celebrations at Letná on March 2, 2019. Masks are welcomed and have a free entrance. The event is organised by the Town Hall of Prague 7, The National Museum of Agriculture and Galerie Scarabeus. There is an entertaining programme for children including three fairy-tales, music and dancing.
https://www.nzm.cz/akce/letensky-masopust-2019 (available only in Czech)
Malesice Mardi Gras Celebrations
2. 3. 2019 from 2 p.m.
Masopust at Brevnov 2019
5. 3. 2019 from 4 p.m.