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The 6 Best Carnivals Around The World

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The 6 Best Carnivals Around The World


Every culture has their own way of throwing a great party, and what better way is there to throw an amazing bash than stopping everyday life for a stretch to enjoy a fabulous carnival?
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Notting Hill Carnival
The Notting Hill Carnival, held annually in the perennially chic Notting Hill neighborhood in London every August, is devoted to the traditions of the British West Indian community. Attracting over a million people each year, this carnival is a huge part of British life and culture, even though it is not technically part of the religious ‘Carnival’ season surrounding Lent. This carnival is heavily music-focused and includes the use of large-scale sound systems and live performances. There’s even a Notting Hill Carnival app that can help you navigate the different traditions and events during the festival!

Mardi Gras
Taking place on Fat Tuesday, which was legally declared a holiday in Louisiana in 1875, Mardi Gras is certainly one of the most famous festivals in the United States and, perhaps, in the entire world. Though many of Mardi Gras’ traditions developed in medieval Europe, specifically in spots like Rome and Venice, they came to New Orleans upon its creation in the mid 1700s. Today, excited partiers travel from all over the United States to attend Mardi Gras celebrations, and Mardi Gras is known for over-the-top floats and costumes, drunken revelry, and, of course… beads.

Cadiz Carnival
Cadiz Carnival is just one of many carnivals that happens in Spain, which certainly has no shortage of festivities. Though the festival itself only runs for two weeks every year, the rest of the year is still consumed with rehearsals, planning and preparation, making this carnival feel like a year-round event. Cadiz relies on music for its entertainment, and the most popular musical performances are always the chirigotas, who use worldwide news events as fodder for their song lyrics.

Carnival of Venice
The Carnival of Venice, which takes place just before Lent and ends on that holy day, is all about the decorative masks native to the city itself. Though nobody is sure exactly how this carnival began, it is said to date all the way back to 1162, but it became extremely famous during the 18th century for its excess and was even outlawed from 1797 until 1979, thanks to the conservative King of Austria . Now that masks are no longer outlawed, each gargantuan carnival holds a competition for la ‘the most beautiful mask.’

Carnival of Santa Cruz
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is held every February in the Canary Islands, where Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the largest island. Though the name of this carnival might not be as well known, it is considered the second most popular carnival in the world, after Rio de Janeiro’s famous carnival! The party starts on a Friday and continues straight through Ash Wednesday when participants go through a tradition called entierro de la sardina , but not to worry the party begins again the following weekend.

Rio de Janeiro Carnival
Held just before Lent each year, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the worldwide standard for huge festivals. With over two million people in attendance each year, it is the world’s biggest carnival and has been running annually since 1723. Though the revelers are allowed to move freely around the carnival, the floats themselves are quite organized they are staffed exclusively with samba schools, or groups of neighbors that want to perform together. This carnival is filled with street festivals and numerous parties, and even features Queens of the Carnival.

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