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Just the sound of the word carnival makes you want to dance. Traditionally – but not always – carnivals mark the period before Lent in the Christian calendar, as the last day you could party. In addition to dancing, partying and consuming lots of food participants dress up in costumes or don masks and join massive parades.

Rio Carnival

The biggest and most famous carnival in the world is the Rio Carnival. One enormous party, it has become a victim of its own success, with a lack of accommodation in the Brazilian city as well as inflated prices and potential crime.

Carnivals around the World

But despair not, Rio is not the only city to carnival. Indeed, elsewhere in Latin America many a place has its own carnival, at roughly the same time as Rio, often with less crowds but with just the same amount of fun. You might prefer trying the Barranquilla Carnival, Limon Carnival in Costa Rica, the Panama Carnival or the Trinidad Carnival.

Carnivals in Europe

However, nowhere is the carnival more celebrated than in Europe. The Sitges Carnival is LGBT friendly, while the Venice Carnival is the place to go if you like making a masquerade of yourself. Elsewhere there are carnivals from Cologne to Nice and even in Santa Cruz in the Canary Islands. For a peculiarly Belgian take on the celebration, why not head to the Carnaval Binche and enjoy some of he excellent beer at the same time.

Carnivals in London

Not all carnivals are held in the build up to Lent. In London, the Notting Hill Carnival takes place in the last weekend in August, which is also a bank holiday weekend. A celebration of the Afro-Caribbean community in London, this is the biggest party in the UK capital’s calendar, with great music, non-stop party fever and copious quantities of rum.

Best Carnivals in the World

If all this sounds too much, then you can always try our selection of the best carnivals around the world. Enjoy!

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February 2021

Carnaval de Nice (Nice Carnival) 2021

February 13 - February 27
Nice
Nice Carnival carnivals 2019

Set on the glamorous Cote d’Azure, the Nice Carnival (Carnaval de Nice) is one of the largest and most famous carnivals in the world. Many of the world’s top film…

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July 2021

Rotterdam Carnival, Rotterdam Unlimited 2021

July 27 - July 31
Rotterdam Rotterdam,Netherlands + Google Map
Rotterdam Carnival

If you can't make the Rio Carnival and Notting Hill Carnival, head for the Rotterdam Carnival (Rotterdam Unlimited Carnival) this summer. From 23 to 27 July, the Netherlands...

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August 2021

Notting Hill Carnival, London 2021, UK

August 28 - August 30
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

The iconic Notting Hill Carnival returns bigger and better this year over the August bank holiday weekend as usual. Starting with the Panorama event on the Saturday, Sunday is family…

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October 2021

Limon Carnival Costa Rica 2021

October 12
Puerto Limon Puerto Limon,LimonCosta Rica + Google Map
Limon Carnival festivals in america

Costa Rica values its diversity and the Limon Carnival is probably the biggest party enjoyed by its Afro-Caribbean community. Unfortunately the 2020 Carnival is cancelled due to COVID-19. Held in…

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February 2022

Carnaval Sitges (Sitges Carnival) 2022, Spain

February 22, 2022 - March 2, 2022
Sitges Sitges,CatalunyaSpain + Google Map
sitges carnival carnivals 2019

The Sitges Carnival (Carnaval Sitges) sees the Spanish coastal town brought to life with carnival fever as parties and parades take over the streets in the run-up to Lent. While…

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Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2022

February 25, 2022 - March 5, 2022
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro,Brazil + Google Map
Rio Carnival is postponed

The Rio Carnival is the biggest and greatest celebration on Earth. While locals know where to go and what to do; however, as it’s a big Latin American city, the…

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Carnaval de Binche 2022, Belgium

February 27, 2022 - March 1, 2022
All over town Binche,Belgium + Google Map
Carnaval de Binche

Eerie, identical wax masks, colossal ostrich plume hats, confetti in churches and orange throwing: the medieval Carnaval de Binche (or Carnival of Binche) is like no other in the world.…

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Battle of the Oranges, 2022, Ivrea, Italy

February 27, 2022 - March 1, 2022
Ivrea Ivrea,PiedmontItaly + Google Map
Italy Festivals Battle of the Oranges carnivals 2019

Referred to as the biggest food fight in Europe, the Battle of the Oranges takes over the town of Ivrea on the three days preceding Lent, from the Sunday to…

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Trinidad Carnival, Port of Spain 2022

February 28, 2022 - March 1, 2022
Port of Spain Port of Spain,Trinidad and Tobago + Google Map
trinidad carnival carnivals 2019

The World’s greatest party might be in Rio de Janeiro, but the Trinidad Carnival is a mix of centuries of tradition and solid fun, and is probably the most vibrant…

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