Carnival is a celebration that goes on in more than 50 countries around the world. Every city has a different way of celebrating. Here are some of the best carnivals in the world.
New Orleans Mardi Gras, USA
Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in Latin, and it is the day before Lent. It is a celebration that goes back to the days when Louisiana was a French colony. There are many parades, people in costumes and having a good time. Mardi Gras is known for the float riders throwing gifts to the people in the crowd. Usual things that are thrown are colorful “Mardi Gras” beads, which are just plastic beads that people wear around their necks on Mardi Gras day.
The Carnival of Venice, Italy
This is a carnival full of people wearing 18th-century masks and costumes. This is because people in the 13th-18th century used to disguise themselves to hide their social classes and engage in various activities. They have luxurious masquerade balls and tons of must-see events. The event is 20 days long.
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival
A colorful, lively, and vibrant celebration is what you will find at Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. It is Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and it is one of the best in the Caribbean. Many carnivals around the world are modeled after this one. They are famous for their costume parades, Caribbean music, and colorfulness.
Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
Another pre-Lenten festival is held in the capital of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is the 2nd-largest after Rio. There are free concerts, fireworks, parades, dances, competitions, and many extravagant and colorful costumes.
Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil
Considered to be the mother of all carnivals, Rio is a pre-Lenten festival that is attended by more than 5 million people each year. It’s known for its 20-meter floats and Sama Parades. It is the biggest celebration of its kind in the world.