Throughout the year nearly every country in the world celebrates their own carnival / festival so the good news is that you can be sure a party is going on every month somewhere in the world. If you’re traveling this year or, just want to find out about one of the amazing carnivals near you, here is a list of some of the best. We have also included some basic travel safety tips and additional key points to consider. Lets get the Carnival season started! This year the dates to keep in your diary for the biggest European carnivals are between the 2nd - 20th of February.
Think huge floats that rival even the best of the Brazailians, add huge paper-mache models of politicians and celebrities, a huge fireworks display, and thousands of revelers in thousands of different costumi carnevale and you have yourself a real party. The Viareggio Carnevale entertains over 800,000 guests every year and offers a variety of activities to the whole family, catering to children in particular. So if you are heading over to Italy make sure to keep early February free for a party like no other.
Dating all the way back to 1162, and long before Las Vegas became Sin City, there was Venice and it's notorious carnival. If you needed another reason to see this beautiful city, the "carnevale " will ensure a hedonistic visual feast. Think fireworks, excess and debauchery all under the annomity of the classic Venitian masks, or as the Italians call them "maschere di carnevale" which spent almost the entirety of the 15C outlawed for their ability to create pure unrestrained hedonism and mayhem - the good news is they are back and this carnival wouldn't be the same without them and the 200,000+ tourist who visit the event..
The theme for the 2019 Nice Carnival is "King of Cinema", and will be celebrating the 100th anniversairy of the creation of the Victorine Studios, Nice's very own little Hollywood. At this festival the there is a huge parade, where music is abundant from every street corner. The french dress in deguisement (fancy dress) and the carnival is one of the biggest in the world with a festive atmosphere that can rival the best of the Brazilian festivals. Large paper mâché characters with giant heads parade through the city; some on floats, some literally amongst the crowds on the streets. Grab your masque and head down to Nice for some frivilous festive fun at the "carnaval."
The traditional Mardi Gras celebration takes place in the stunning city of Paris to mark the end of lent. The Carnival features a fantastic array of flower-covered floats and revelers decked out in traditional costumes de carnaval. A fantastic show not to be missed by anyone who finds themselves in Paris during March, 2019.
This Fiesta celebrates the Patron Saints of each town and in Benidorm these Saints are the Virgin of the Suffrage and Saint James the Apostle. During this time the towns commercial activity almost completely shuts down for these celebrations which practically go on 24 hours a day and these include dancing in the streets, processions, live music and spectacular firework displays as well as a range of sporting events.