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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 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 in the world. Enjoy!

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July 2019

Boryeong Mud Festival 2019, South Korea

July 19 - July 28
Boryeong Boryeong,South ChungcheongKorea, Republic of + Google Map
Boryeong Mud Festival worldwide festivals

At the Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 in South Korea, everything revolves around one and one thing only: mud. During 10 days the beach of Boryeong transforms itself into a mud heaven...

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August 2019

Notting Hill Carnival, London 2019

August 24 - August 26
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 Friday, Saturday is family day, and the main parade brings the carnival to a grand climax on Bank Holiday Monday. The Carnival is Europe’s largest free street festival and a culinary spectacular. It is a vital date in the diary for any Londoner and visitor to London, featuring a spectacular parade that showcases London's rich and…

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October 2019

Limon Carnival Costa Rica 2019

October 12
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Limon Carnival

Costa Rica values its diversity and the Limon Carnival is probably the biggest party enjoyed by its Afro-Caribbean community. Held in Puerto Limon in the province of Limon, the carnival is claimed to be the biggest street party in the nation, so expect lots of calypso, but as reggae is widely popular across Costa Rica, anticipate this too. This Carnival is on a smaller scale than its more famous sisters in the region and, as it is in the street,…

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