12 of the best carnivals in the world
Originally published 7th December 2017 by Allan Kortbæk in www.momondo.com/inspiration/the-best-carnivals-in-the-world/
Colourful parades, beautiful costumes and flamboyant parties are all over the world. Here are some of the best carnivals. Which one do you like the best? Have you ever been to one?
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- Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
The jewel in the crown among the world’s many carnivals, Rio’s mammoth event dates all the way back to 1723 and draws over two million people per day. Samba music is at the center of the revelry, with over 200 samba schools (social clubs that represent a neighborhood) vying for their share of the spotlight in the many colorful parades.
- Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)
Widely considered the second most popular carnival after Rio’s event, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been splashing the capital of the Canary Islands in swathes of color for centuries now.
15 days of vivid extravagance turn the city into one big colorful party, as a gala to elect the carnival queen, satirical hymns and unparalleled bonhomie dominate the proceedings.
- Mardi Gras, New Orleans (US)
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, has its roots in European traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries within the House of Bourbon (a royal dynasty). Long gone are the days when Mardi Gras used to be a fest for the privileged few – today, it is an accessible jamboree that reels in old and young to the streets in great numbers. More of the same can be expected in 2018, as it celebrates its 300th birthday.
- The Carnival of Venice, Venice (Italy)
A golden oldie on the scene, the Carnival of Venice is said to have roots in a celebration by the Venice Republic commemorating its victory over the Patriarch of Aquileia in 1162. The festivities have evolved a great deal since then, though mask-wearing traditions are still a central component, many of which have become synonymous with carnival symbols the world over.
- Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago -Eastern Caribbean)
The vigor and flair of the Caribbean take center stage at Trinidad and Tobago’s annual carnival – a swashbuckling display that starts at 4am on the first day (J’ouvert) as revelers gather for what once was a rebellion against slavery.
- Notting Hill Carnival, London (UK)
London’s biggest street party sprung to life in the late 1960s as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival. Twist your torso 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 streets.