Carnival in the Netherland Antilles is usually celebrated in the winter or early spring, but as that time would be too cold for such outdoor festivities in Europe. Thus Rotterdam Carnival, which is derived from that in the Dutch Antilles, is celebrated during the summer. First held on August 4, 1984, as the 'Antillian Summer Carnival', the festival, which from 2004 to 2007 attracted around 900,000 visitors annually, is now called simply Zomer Carnaval - Dutch for 'Summer Carnival'.
Some of the most anticipated pre-carnival events are the official Zomer Carnaval Queen Election and the Battle of Drums competition. The climax is the street parade, which is held on the Saturday; during and after the street parade there are also two live stages, at Coolsingel and Churchillplein.
The carnival in 2015 was cancelled due to bad weather, but was held successfully in 2016. We're looking forward to this year's event, in just a few short weeks' time.
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