Have a look on following most popular destinations of the world, if you are discovering to celebrate carnival event festival with great fun around!
Carnival is easily the biggest yearly event in South America and around the world. Not only due tourists and travelers from every inch of the globe flock to Rio, the whole continent uses the upcoming Lent as an excuse to throw a party. Obviously, the most popular one – carnival in Rio – will be visited or watched by millions of people. When it comes to the Carnival King, Rio de Janeiro may wear the coveted crown but Brazil’s Carnival capital isn’t the only city on the map. Regardless of where you live or where your wanderlust takes you this year, Carnival festivals are never too far away. But there are also more spots in the world that are most famous for carnival event holiday celebration. From Venice and Barranquilla to Jujuy in the Andes Mountains, here are some top cities worth a visit this Carnival season.
What could possibly make Carnival even better? How about a Caribbean African vibe and a country known for great parties? Barranquilla, a city located on the Northern coast of Colombia has a Carnival that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.To start things off, head to La Batalla de Flores (Battle of the Flowers) where all the different dance groups, floats, musicians, and other performers try and outdo each other with non-stop dancing and music you can hear for miles. From there, you can expect another 4 days of nearly constant parties, parades, and performances.
Carnival of Brazil – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There’s really no comparison when it comes to Carnival celebrations when Rio is thrown in the mix. Brazilians take their weeks before Lent very seriously, putting on large-scale parades and festivities that in 2011 drew nearly 5 million people. The most famous holiday in Brazil features samba schools, or large groups of dancers and performers, who build spectacular floats and compete in one of seven divisions based on music, costumes and theme. Individual neighbourhoods more and more are seeing smaller-scale parades, blocos, which feature drum parades, samba and other high-octane sights and sounds.
Where? Viareggio (Italy) Stories about how charming and lovely Tuscany! Stories about how charming and lovely Tuscany is, have no end. Amount of books written and movies shot in this region is pretty amazing, but most of them show this place during the summer time. How about winter, you may ask? In winter they have carnival! Viareggio, a popular resort and the main city along the Tuscan coast, is one of those fancy places with priceless yachts moored in a bay nearby and elegant people on the streets. This, you may think, perfect place turns into a pure riot when in February and March everyone celebrates the carnival. Streets get flooded with colorful, enormous papier-mâché figures and all cultural events as soon as three cannon shots announce the start. Each year there are five parades taking place. You just can’t miss it!
Quebrada de humahuaca, Argentina
For a Carnival experience that is uniquely representative of the local culture, head straight to Jujuy. Located in the Andes Mountains near the Bolivian border in the north of Argentina, Quebrada de Humahuaca boasts a fascinating aboriginal history. Despite being a charmingly quiet province, Carnival creates a far more rowdy setting. A week before the festival begins people walk up the hills searching for last year’s pujllay (little devil).
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Events
Its vibrant history and French roots set the tone for Trinidad and Tobago’s most significant celebration each year: Carnival. The Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday draw the Caribbean destination’s population to the streets to show off elaborate costumes that groups take months to create. Bands compete against one another for the title of Band of the Year as individuals vie to become Calypso Monarch, one of the greatest honours in the country.
The celebration in the central Bolivian city of Oruro takes place for up to 10 days before Lent but the real party starts the weekend before when the famous La Diablada parade starts. This parade, called the Dance of the Devils, features incredibly complex costumes and dancers who perform demonic like dances. At the end of the parade the dancers preform a symbolic dance of good vs. evil before everyone heads to church at dawn for a mass where good is pronounced the winner.
Quebec City, Canada City
Quebec City, Canada City puts a cool spin on a classic festival. Despite occurring around the same time as Rio and other South American cities, Quebec’s Carnival is dominated by winter sports. Top attractions include a winter amusement park featuring ice sculptures, snow rafting, sled rides, skiing, and a series of outdoor shows. In between eating and drinking, most guests eagerly watch sleigh races, dog sled competitions, and ice sculpture contests. The event had been taking place intermittingly up until 1955 when the impressive ice palace was built. Since then, the palace is where the opening and closing ceremonies are held. Bonhomme, Quebec’s beloved Carnival mascot, leads the city’s daytime and nightly parades through the upper city.
Carnival – Montevideo, Uruguay
Uruguayans have the longest Carnival celebration in the world, letting loose for more than 40 days every year, most vibrantly in the country’s capital, Montevideo. Theaters throughout the city are assembled and locals take to the stage to present the social and political climate of the country through operas known as tablados. Taking the real spotlight, though, are two colourful parades where musicians show their skills – and African roots – through the drum-based rhythm known as candombe.