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37nd Balinjerada

From 16.02.2020 until 16.02.2020

This year Opatija will host the 37nd traditional Balinjerada, a race of self-made vehicles that run on ball bearings (locally known as balinjere – hence the name) instead of wheels. The event starts at 10:00, and the awards ceremony is at 13:00. The competitors take their self-made vehicles down the main street of Opatija, which is always very attractive. The Balinjerada is part of the local carnival tradition and a combination of a speed race and carnival parade.

The participants must be very good at steering their do-it-yourself-vehicles while wearing self-made masks. Carnival groups create masks to make a good impression in front of the audience, but also to comment on current events in the politics and the society. Every year the Balinjerada is attended by numerous spectators who come to the centre of Opatija to cheer up the participants as they race down the town's main street in their original self-made vehicles.

Visit Opatija and experience the original carnival event Balinjerada!

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