Organizing a carnival was the idea of the members of the Debreczen Cycling Association. The original idea was to organize a cycling competition associated with a walk. Bicycles decorated with flowers were even photographed. However, we need to wait a few years until the first flower carriages marched in 1905. This parade was a fundraising event; while the city needed ambulances and they used the income of the parade and the donations to buy ambulances. Six decades have passed, and in 1966 flower carriages again marched down the main street to the Great Forest. Since then, the flower carriage festival is the main event of August 20 and has now become a one-week carnival. From August 14th to August 21st this year you can choose from a wide range of flower carnival programs, but the program of the carnival night is bigger than anything else.

Carnival Night- Home of the most colorful of programs

The Carnival begins at 7 pm on the 20th of August at the Stadium, and it is one of the largest arena shows of Hungary. 

This year, the carnival night shows offer more specialties and visuals than ever before. In addition to the flower carriage parade, more than 1,500 performers – foreign and domestic – as well as artists from the Új Lovas Theater will be on the show.

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Among the performers, there are several well-known Hungarian artists including ByeAlex and Slepp. ByeAlex, the Hungarian indie-pop singer, songwriter, journalist, and novelist represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, with the song “Kedvesem”, coming 10th in the final.

You can also see the performance of Zoltán Czutor, Gergő Dánielfy, Angela Eke, Steve Hajdú, Caravan Familia, András Lovasi, Bogi Nagy, Ervin Nagy, Dénes Papp, Szabes Szekeres, Nóra Trokán, André Vásáry, and the Z-Drums.


After a large-scale show, unique at the European level, the evening ends with a fireworks display and a street ball in front of the main building of the University of Debrecen.

Photo credit: www.debreceniviragkarneval.hu