On Friday afternoon we take the bus to Valletta to see what's happening. We find an increase in police and temporary fencing in the city as well as a good number of porta-potty's dotting the city. St. George's Square has been transformed into a huge stage with temporary seating. We learn that advance tickets are necessary for the program, which will include a dance competition. We opt not to try to get tickets.
Per the official Carnival website there will be a costume parade starting at 5:30pm. We find a number of floats in the area at the start of the parade. Some are clearly satirical with what appear to be local politicians. However, we don't have an appreciation for the satire. We would probably need to be here a little longer to catch on.
We enjoy the floats and the people in the streets of Valletta, but ultimately decide not to hang around waiting for the parade. We catch a bus back to St. Paul's Bay and stop at Damiano's to share a pizza for dinner.