The biggest celebrations on the island are held in Limassol but our local town also has a carnival, we went last year but Leo was still a little young to appreciate it. This year I took him again all proudly dressed as Spiderman and I had intended to find a spot just outside of the main square to watch the parade, however I changed my mind when I realised we'd be able to tag along with some friends of ours and actually walk in the parade too!
Leo was a bit bemused at first as there was so many people ('Wow Mama, so many people come to see us'!) and it was quite loud with the music blaring out all the way and there were so many streamers and silly string flying about! But most of the time he had a huge smile on his face as we danced down the road.
When we got to the end there was a very conveniently parked ice cream van so we had the first one of the season sitting on a wall whilst watching the rest of the parade come in behind us.
After all the partying on the Sunday, comes the family day of Green Monday - a day where traditionally families gather for picnics (meat free of course) and usually kite flying. Instead we opted to go to a family fun day at a local pub which was raising money for local charity Golden Hearts.
The weather was gorgeous and I was hugely unprepared for it by dressing Leo in a long sleeve top, and not even thinking about suncream or a hat for Louka, my friend came to the resuce with suncream, a different top for Leo and Louka borrowed her sons hat.... her son who is 4!
We spent the whole afternoon there with friends, sitting in the sun while the kids played on the bouncy castle for hours! As with most events in Cyprus it could have done with a few more stalls ( I can never understand why more people don't go along to these things) and I was a bit surprised there weren't a few more games for the kids but it probably saved us money by there not being any!
There was a really good turn out of people though and it was nice as there was a group of us there so is was a great social afternoon. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and hopefully they raised a lot of money for a good cause too.