Carnival season is behind us in most parts of the world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a jump on planning for next year. If you’re unfamiliar with carnival, here it is in a nutshell. It’s a celebration of both fertility and the changing of seasons from winter to summer.
In most cases, carnival occurs in January or February, depending on where you are in the world. Regardless of the location, carnival is a ritualistic celebration full of bright colors, dancing, fabulous costumes, and usually, tanker trucks worth of booze! Here are some of the best carnivals in the world.
New Orleans, Louisiana
One of the biggest parties you could ever hope to attend, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras has roots that go back to Europe in the 17th century when it was a celebration that was reserved for just a few royal family members of the House of Bourbon. Today, you don’t have to be royalty to attend and party. And party you will! When it comes to Mardi Gras, pretty much anything goes in terms of costuming, so plan on sporting the most extreme getup you can think of. If you savvy beads, booze, and giant floats, Mardi Gras is a must!
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The carnival in Rio De Janeiro gets the title of the biggest carnival celebration on the planet. The festival is nearly 300 years old the modern parties draw more than 2 million people every day. There are countless parades, and every single person in the city will be dancing the samba. Make no mistake, if you’re looking for the most incredible carnival experience in the world, Rio is the only event that should be on your radar.
The Carnival Of Venice
History suggests that this carnival celebration dates all the way back to 1162. While much of the celebration has changed over the last 900 years, one thing that has stayed the same is the tradition of wearing masks. The event normally kicks off sometime at the end of January and lasts for two weeks. If you go, you can pick your own style of mask and take to the streets and canals of this beautiful city.