Carnivals around the World
26th April 2018
- Mardi Gras - New Orleans, USA
- When: January 5 - February 13, 2018
- Though Mardi Gras is held on just one day, the city of New Orleans starts celebrating this festival weeks in advance.
- Meaning & history:Literally translated as ‘fat Tuesday', Mardi Gras marks the traditional day of feasting in the Christian calendar before the start of Lent.
- What to expect:Fantastic parades, outrageous costumes, street parties and a bohemian crowd combine to make it America's most awaited night of the year.
- During the parades, it is a tradition for the people on floats to toss beads at the crowd.
- Music & Atmosphere:The live music during this celebration-which ranges from jazz to R&B - is also legendary.
- Something to remember:Don't forget to wear purple, green and gold (the official colours of Mardi Gras) to fit in.
- Try the King's Cake, a Mardi Gras speciality
Carnival of Venice
The Carnival of Venice - Venice, Italy
- When:January 27 - February 13, 2018
- What to expect: Elegant costumes, Venetian masks, float-filled canals and countless balls make the Venice Carnival an unforgettable experience.
- If you want a night full of glamour, attend The Grand Ball of the Mascheranda at the stunning PisaniMoretta Palace.
- This year's closing ceremony, a silent regatta on the candle-lit Canal Grande, could be one of the most romantic moments you'll ever witness.
Rio Carnival - Rio De Janerio, Brazil
- When: February 9-14, 2018
- What to expect: Elaborate floats at the samba school parade, the glamorous Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, the Rio Carnival is a riot of over-the-top costumes, dancing and all-round high-living.
- What to do: Get a seat at the Sambodromo (the Samba Drome) for a ringside view of the action or suit up and hit one of the numerous street parties in different parts of the city.
- Get into the swing by joining a bloco, a neighbourhood musical and dance procession. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
- Something to remember: Book your event tickets well in advance.
Trinidad and Tobago carnival
Trinidad & Tobago Carnival - Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
- When:February 12-13, 2018
- What to expect:The Caribbean's biggest festival opens with J'ouvert, when party-goers dressed as demons take to the street at 4am - a tradition dating back to the 18th century.During the day, thousands of masqueraders take to the streets in their finest and brightest costumes. Soca music, steelpan concerts, limbo and music competitions are all part of this raucous two-day celebration.
- What to do:Step into your carnival costume, treat your tummy to some of the delicious grub sold from roadside vendors and nod your head to the melodic rhythms of the many steel pan bands on the streets.
- Keep in Mind: Don't wear anything too precious, as most revellers come away slathered in chocolate, oil or mud.
Notting Hill carnival
Notting Hill CarnivaL - London, UK
- When: August 25-27, 2018
- London's biggest street party sprung to life in the late 1960s as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival.
- What to do: Dance to warm calypso, soca, reggae and dub rhythms from the many roadside sound systems and snack on mouth-watering cuisine as you immerse yourself in Caribbean culture in the city where it's least expected.
- With one sizzling fest after another (including several tempting after parties) to choose from, give yourself plenty of time to take it all in.
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