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Incredible! Check out these shots of Maltese Carnival from back in the 60s
Now that's a throwback!

Kim Vella

In honour of the Carnival celebrations happening this weekend in Valletta, we're bringing back some nostalgic shots from past editions of this beloved festival.

A couple of years back, The National Archives of Malta shared some incredible images of Carnival being celebrated in Valletta back in the 1960s - and they’re just as amazing now as they were back then.

From wonderful floats to colourful decorations, Carnival in the 60s looked like a straight up blast.

The first image shared was taken during Malta’s 1965 Carnival celebrations. It’s extremely interesting to see just how much Valletta’s landscape has changed since then.

“Carnival float near the works on City Gate, designed by Alziro Bergonzo (1906 - 1997) and demolished in May 2011. The 1883 railway station, designed by Wells-Owen and Elwes (Manchester) and damaged during a 1942 air raid, is on the left. Parliament now occupies the site,” The National Archives of Malta captioned the image. 

The second image shows carnival decorations “on the construction site of the law courts in Valletta” back in 1966.

"Since the 19th century Maltese courts were housed on this site, at the Auberge d'Auvergne that was severely damaged in April 1941, during World War II. Architect Jo Tonna designed the new building, and the works started in May 1965. The new courts were inaugurated in January 1971," The National Archives of Malta wrote.

Do you plan on celebrating Carnival this year?

Main image: Facebook/ The National Archives of Malta 

21st May 2022


Kim Vella
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Kim Vella
A highly curious explorer always looking to find her next adventure. Kim loves sharing her experiences and what's happening on the Maltese Islands. When not writing, you’ll probably find her playing around with some clay or somewhere surrounded by trees. She's always up for listening to people's stories about anything to do with nature, a passion project or issue you feel needs tending to.

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