Paros Pirate Festival

The Barbarossa Pirate Festival of Paros: Every year on August 23rd, nine days after the Assumption of the Virgin, a great festival is celebrated in Naoussa, this picturesque port town on the northern side of Paros. This is called Barbarossa Pirate Festival and it is mainly a revival of a Corsair attack night to celebrate the victory of the locals over the Turkish pirate Barbarossa.

In Medieval times, the pirates were a great threat for the Aegean islands, as they used to raid the towns for food and kill the inhabitants. This is why many villages in the Cyclades were constructed invisible from the sea so that the pirates believed the islands were not inhabited.

Barbarossa Pirate Festival is a representation of the pirates' raids, performed by young people. Fireworks are thrown to represent the battle and the fires of the pirates, while after the festivity, traditional dancing, eating, and drinking are continued until dawn.