March 24, 2019 - The great international carnival procession with about 400 participants, ended the jubilee 50th Mimosa Festival, which broke all records - by duration, number of participants, program and attendance. The closing saw the traditional trial and burning of the culprit for Herceg Novi's citizens in the past year – Mito Kovertic (Bribe Envelope), as well as the concert by Svetlana Ceca Ražnatović.
Herceg Novi was ruled by a column of masks, which was a reason for smiles and enthusiasm. The carnival, among others, included dancing rabbits, shrubs, skeletons, ladies and officers, water and fire, puppets, seasons, and birds of prey.
An introduction to the end of the festival was a reception for the delegates of the European Carnival Cities Federation with the President of the Municipality.
"I welcome all the delegates from the region, from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Serbia. Thank you very much for having responded to our invitation and coming to Herceg Novi to close the Jubilee 50th Mimosa Festival. I am pleased that the carnival procession is far more numerous than the previous year," said the president of the Herceg Novi Municipality, Stevan Katić.
He said he expects next year's carnival procession to be more numerous, so that Herceg Novi, as a member of the Federation of European Carnival Towns, stood side by side with some of the best European carnival centers.
Vice President of the European Carnival Cities Federation (FECC Europe
), Josip Silov, said the carnival was a hard job
and told Herceg Novi to carve it as they did the Mimosa Festival.
"You are a relatively young member of our Federation of European Carnival Cities. For the fourth year in a row, we organize a common story on your carnivals. We believe that such carnivals will see events as well and that your teams will be present at our shows, which enriches us and you," Silov said. He handed the plaque and medals to the town of Herceg Novi to remember the arrival and stay of the people of the International Carnival Federation managing board.
A massive carnival parade with about 400 participants from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Montenegro, as well as members of the international board of the European Carnival Cities Federation, led by the allegory "Thank you for 50", moved from the main town square to Igalo.
After the appearance of all the carnival groups in Igalo, a traditional trial and burning of Mito Kovertić, a "culprit for all the troubles in the past year," was held on the shore beneath the "Galeb" villa.
At the end of this part of the program was the concert of the Serbian star Svetlana Ceca Ražnatović, who said that she had not played for Herceg Novi for a long time and that she was satisfied with "what happened this evening and what seemed all-glorious."
"I had a great concert, it was another record visit, and I can only be overjoyed," Ražnatović said.
Last night concluded the 50-day program of the Mimosa Festival with over 60 different contents, from concerts, masks, sports-entertainment events, gourmet and literary evenings to performances
General sponsors of the Mimosa Festival are Herceg Novi Municipality and Tourism Organization, executive producer the Public Institution of Culture "Herceg Fest," and many sponsors - non-governmental organizations, embassies of foreign countries in Montenegro, city partners and friends supported the implementation of the program.