Carnival is one of the most beloved parties in the world, and it is not for less. Fun is its main component, and the festive atmosphere is present wherever it is celebrated. The origin of this festivity is not yet clear. Perhaps it has a Roman pagan origin although many other theories surround it. Whatever its origin, it is currently celebrated almost anywhere in the world and quite differently.
Not everywhere is celebrated with the same intensity, and perhaps your city is one of those places, but we assure you that there are places where the carnival becomes the best days of the year for many. These are those that, in our opinion, should be visited at some point in life:
1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This city celebrates the best carnival in Brazil and for many in the world. The samba is its main component and therefore, previously, the samba schools prepare impressive comparsas to leave the audience open-mouthed, which at the same time dances to the rhythm of the music. The parade is quite a spectacle and brings together some five million visitors.
2. Venice, Italy
The Carnival of Venice is undoubtedly the most elegant of all. The masks, the exuberant costumes, and the wigs, all in an idyllic setting like the canals of Venice, make this carnival one of the most beautiful without any doubt.
3. Notting Hill, UK
Compared to the rest, this is celebrated during the last weekend of August. Its origin dates back to the 60s, thanks to a group of Caribbean immigrants, so it currently retains that tropical air of warm countries.
4. Nice, France
It is the largest in France and lasts two weeks. Giant floats are prepared, accompanied by music and big heads, and from which flowers are thrown to the public in what is known as “Battle of Flowers.” Also, each year they have a different theme, so it is advisable to inform yourself before it begins.
5. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
This carnival lasts more than a month if we have the presentation of the candidates to the Queen of it. It’s a party in the street, accompanied by good weather, where there are parades, concerts, dances and an end of parties with the burning of a giant marché paper sardine.
6. Cologne, Germany
The Cologne carnival begins every year on the 11th, of the 11th month, at 11 o’clock in the morning. It is a party that, despite the cold of the time, lasts for months. Its most crucial day could be the Rosenmontag, what is here on Carnival Monday when the most important parade is celebrated through the streets of the city.
7. New Orleans, USA
One day before Ash Wednesday, the carnival known as Mardi Gras is celebrated. It is one of the most important events in the state of Louisiana and a great tourist attraction due to the large parades of floats, masked balls and the “king cake,” a traditional dessert similar to Roscón de Reyes.