5 of the world’s best Carnivals

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1.    Tenerife Carnival

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the largest and most spectacular events of its kind in the world. Every February, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the Canary Islands, hosts this important event, which attracts millions of tourists from around the world . It is considered the second most popular Carnival and known internationally after the one in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). For this reason, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is twinned with the city of Rio de Janeiro.

 

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2.    Venice Carnival, Italy

During the Carnival of Venice, people wear masks and costumes, by which they completely conceal their identity and disguise all forms of personal belonging to a social class, but also their sex, and religion . Everyone can determine attitudes and behaviors based on new costumes andchanged appearances. For this reason, when they meet another “character “, they simply say: “Hello lady mask”.

 

Carnival parade at the Sambodrome, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.. Image shot 02/2010. Exact date unknown.

3. Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil

The mother of all Carnivals and an absolute bucket list must-do, at least, once in a lifetime. The most colourful costumes (and probably the flashiest too) and the best dance moves go on display at the massive parade at the Sambodromo, in which the city’s samba schools compete and show their skills. Get your ticket fast or you will miss it.

 

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4.    Binche Carnival, Belgium

The Carnival of Binche is a real rite that gives the participants the feeling to be unique. For the inhabitants, and according to the famous quote, “there is no place like Binche in the world”, this Carnival is a living and exceptional heritage, a popular, human and social event. It has been recognized as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2003

 

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5.    Mardi Gras, New Orleans, USA

Mardi Gras is an annual Carnival celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The parades in New Orleans are organized by Carnival krewes. Krewe float riders toss throws to the crowds; the most common throws are strings of colorful plastic beads, doubloons (aluminum or wooden dollar-sized coins usually impressed with a krewe logo), decorated plastic throw cups, and small inexpensive toys. Major krewes follow the same parade schedule and route each year.

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