Photoblog: Carnival Celebrations All Around the World

Posted on February 26, 2011 by

It’s that time of the year again! Flamboyant costumes, larger-than-life parades and colorful street parties: Carnival is an annual festive season celebrated in various corners of the world. What started out as a Roman Catholic festival is now a massive party.

One of my favorite events of the year (next to Christmas), the Carnival stretches over a whole week or more, as revelers take to the streets and party till dawn. Some refer to it as the 5th season of the year and it’s easy to see why. Today’s guest post by Miss Moci from Only-Apartments brings us to the best places in the world to celebrate the festivities.

Venice, Italy

The Carnevale di Venezia is the oldest Carnival celebration recorded in history with a long tradition. Each March, the streets and canals of Venice are flooded with people dressed in exquisite velvet robes and elaborated masks. Traditionally, the masks gave people of all social statuses the opportunity to celebrate together. Today, the mask has become Venice’s trademark – a symbol of mystery and sensuality.  If you’re planning a trip to Venice for the Carnival be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Samba dancers, street parades, and raucous percussions: The Brazilian Carnival is without a doubt the world’s most famous Carnival celebration and has taken on incredible proportions. During this time of the year, Brazil sees the greatest influx of tourists and they account for over 80% of the year’s beer consumption. Although the Carnival originated from Europe, celebrations in Brazil have since taken on many characteristics of the African and South American culture.



Cologne, Germany

The Carnival in Cologne is by far the most famous one in Germany. The season officially starts on November 11th, but the most important festivities are at the end of February and the beginning of March with everything ending on Ash Wednesday. In the elaborated street parades, Carnival participants throw out candies to the crowd, while screaming, “Kölle Alaaf!”, some form of battle call. Another highlight of these street parades are the Roten Funken, acrobatic dancers similar to cheerleaders.

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Sitges, Spain

As a popular European destination for gays throughout the whole year, Sitges (near Barcelona) is best known for having the most spectacular Carnival celebrations in Spain. Every year, up to 250,000 people visit Sitges to join in the Carnival. The celebrations start on a Thursday with a parade that welcomes King Carnestoltes (the king of Carnival). The two biggest events are Rua de la Disbauxa (Parade of Debauchery) and Rua de l’Extermini, which is the closing parade.

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Photo credits: David Pin, Wikipedia,, and Daniel Jove


This guest post was written by Miss Moci from Only-Apartments. She contributes regularly to WildJunket with her  tips on traveling in Europe.


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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

7 Responses to “Photoblog: Carnival Celebrations All Around the World”

  1. Ainsworth Harry March 2, 2011 8:08 am #

    until you have visited TRINIDAD and TOBAGO in the WEST INDIES you have no idea what a carnival is,Brazils carnival is great yes ,ill give them that,but its made up of Samba Groups doing choreograph dancing and movements.Please try and visit TRINIDAD and TOBAGO for their next CARNIVAL which is usually held in FEBRUARY each year but will be on MARCH 7-8 this year.there You will see bands numbering in the thousands masquerading in the streets to the sweet sounds of CALYPSO and SOCA all in wild abandon without any inhibitions or care .This is what carnival is about.,So if you dont mind some constructive critism visit sweet T & T for their next carnival,then come back and rewrite your piece,until you have so ,sorry,you have no idea what carnival is.peace.

    • Nellie March 5, 2011 2:09 am #

      I am actually planning a trip to the Trinidad and Tobago next tues for its carnival celebrations! I have a good friend from there and she\’s told me so much about the carnival there. This post was a guest post written by Miss Moci, I will make sure I include Trinidad in any future Carnival piece!

      • Nicole June 17, 2014 4:34 pm #

        Jamaica Carnival is a must as well!!!!!

  2. Arnold Griffin May 9, 2013 1:12 am #

    What we have here is one reason I love being addicted to traveling. There's no better way to experience fun and colorful festivals like these than actually being there.

  3. Sitges Hotel May 15, 2014 5:45 am #

    I was in the last Sitges Carnival…the best one!!!


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