Annual Kotka Maritime festival is a city-wide festival that encompasses arts, music, sport and whole family fun. It attracts around 200 000 visitors to hundreds of events around Kotka main island and nearly islands. The festival is over 50 years old and rooted in the sea and harbor culture. These days it offers a variety of activities and attracts families with children and people with roots and affiliation to Kotka and a huge crowd from Kymenlaakso and Uusimaa and greater Helsinki area.
One of most popular activities is the parade that reminds a visitor of a carnival. In 2016 we have over 60 groups performing and presenting their talent. The parade is also the most popular feature of the festival and it marks the beginning of the event. Typically the parade is followed by around 20 000 people that gather among the streets and Kotka market place to cheer for their favorite performers.
More information: https://www.visitkotkahamina.fi/en/kotka-maritime-festival