: Annual humour festival held in Odesa
Society18:49 Apr. 2, 2016

Annual humour festival held in Odesa

The event has become a key fixture in the port city's calendar

April Fool's Day in Odesa - Ukraine's capital of humour.

Thousands of revelers descended onto the streets for the Humorina carnival.

Dozens of extravagant parades, colorful costumes and spoof competitions filled small parks and boulevards around the port city. The event returned after a two-year hiatus - the war in eastern Ukraine and fire at Odesa's trade unions house last May forcing festivities to be cancelled.

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Svitlana Yarova, organiser of first Odesa festival of humour: "We have Odesa cuisine with Aunt Rose's receipes and a market for souvenirs masters in Odesa. Every tourist and guest attending our events can take the best of Odesa. We even have a special smell which will be kept in an installation in the form of the festival logo - this means you can take away the aroma of the humour festival home with you."

The event has become a key fixture in the annual calendar, more than 30 years after its inception. The idea actually emerged from a Soviet-era satirical TV show. That program, KVN, eventually got taken off the airwaves after mocking the Communist authorities too many times. After censorship laws eased, the festival was brought back - and is now become a key attraction for both locals and tourists.

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